USCG: Man jumps from freighter into Lake MI

AP Photos/US Navy, Keith W. DeVinney

LUDINGTON, Mich. (WOOD) — The U.S. Coast Guard says it has suspended a search for a man who apparently jumped off a freighter into Lake Michigan.

The man went overboard off the Stewart J. Cort around 2 a.m. Sunday, according to an evening release from the Coast Guard. At the time, the freighter was three or four miles from Big Sable Point, north of Ludington.

Crew members said the man climbed over the railing and jumped off the freighter. They threw life rings into the water, but conditions were too rough to deploy the vessel’s workboat to look for the man.

The Coast Guard launched a response boat and two helicopters from Muskegon and Traverse City. It said it conducted 11 searches over 76 square nautical miles, but still couldn’t find the man.

Additionally, the Cort and multiple other vessels looked for the man without success.

Sunday evening, the Coast Guard said it was suspending the search.

The name of the man who went overboard was not released.

The Cort is owned by Interlake Steamship Company.

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