Man died after plunging into frigid Detroit River from Princess Riverboat

Detroit waterfront. Photo by Steve Neavling.
Detroit waterfront. Photo by Steve Neavling.

Detroit police are investigating the death of a 53-year-old Southfield man who jumped or was pushed off the Detroit Princess Riverboat this morning.

Police and the U.S. Coast Guard rushed to the frigid Detroit River near Cobo Hall in an attempt to rescue the man at about 10:30 a.m. CPR was administered, but the man was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Detroit Police Sgt. Michael Woody said a witness indicated the man jumped into the water, but an investigation is ongoing.

The incident happened just hours before President Obama was scheduled to visit the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Hall.

Police are withholding the man’s identity until his family is identified.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.