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The water temperature was about 37 degrees when several people at Mt. Elliott Park spotted a man — wearing a black sweat shirt, black pants and tennis shoes — swimming in the river.
The Coast Guard launched a rescue operation, which quickly became an emergency situation when they lost sight of the man in the water, said Petty Officer Sara Truesdell.
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The man, who Truesdell said is between 40 and 50 years old, was recovered near Mt. Elliott Park.
“He had a weak pulse when they recovered him,” she said. “They conducted CPR.”
An emergency medical services vehicle was awaiting the man, and transported him to a local hospital. Truesdell said it’s unclear which hospital he was taken to. There was no indication why the man was swimming in the Detroit River, she said.
She said it was a rare type of rescue for the Coast Guard.
“This is a unique case. In the time I’ve been here I’ve never seen a report of someone swimming in the water at this time of the year. The water is very cold.”