U.S. Coast Guard boats and helicopters are searching the Detroit River for a bridge worker who fell into the icy water early this afternoon on the Detroit side of the Ambassador Bridge. A Coast Guard spokesperson says the worker was seen by bridge security going under the water and not resurfacing. U.S. Coast Guard Unit Controller Patti Baca said that the Coast Guard was on scene quickly along with Detroit Police and Fire.
Dive teams continue the search for the worker. The Ambassador Bridge is owned by Manuel (Matty) Maroun and was the scene of a similar accident in November of 2000 when a scaffold collapsed on the bridge sending a pair of workers into the drink and others hanging from the wreckage below the bridge span. Luckily, all involved were rescued in that incident. Maroun has battled a movement by Michigan and Canadian interests who would like to build a new bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, Canada.