A day after confirming the death of one man lost in the Huron River, the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a search of the river for a missing woman.
On May 30, 35-year-old Jason Yoder jumped from a rail bridge near the Argo dam. His friend told the Washtenaw county Sheriff that he had surfaced briefly and then was not seen again. The county’s Underwater Search and Rescue team searched the area for most of the day but could not find him. On May 31 a passerby noticed what appeared to be a body in the river near the Argo dam. Deputies confirmed it was Yoder.
At 3 p.m., May 31, at around 3 p.m. a 36-year-old woman was last seen putting her kayak into the river near the Portage Lake dam in Dexter. She did not return home and her family called 911 to report she was missing. Police found her vehicle but not her or her kayak. The Underwater Search and Rescue Team later did find her kayak. The woman has not yet been located and the search is still active.
On May 25, the WCSO warned that the Huron River water levels were “dangerously high” and that the current is fast and dangerous to many boaters.
“Please use extreme caution if you choose to even go into the river at this time,” the WCSO advisory warned.
The following safety advice is provided by the US Forest Service.
Changing seasons contribute to rapid changes in rivers and streams. In summer, rivers and streams often swell from runoff caused by snowmelt. That also could mean powerful currents that can easily sweep you off your feet.
- Avoid rock hopping. Stream polished rocks along the water's edge may be slippery when wet or dry.
- If you choose to cross a stream by going through it, study the area first. Avoid deep and/or swift water.
- When crossing on a natural bridge of rocks or logs, consider where you will land if you fall. Never cross above rapids or falls.
- If you are crossing a stream, unbuckle your pack's waist strap so you can shed it if you fall to prevent being pulled under by its weight. Consider putting your back in a waterproof back, which become a floating device to help your head stay above water.
- Do not tie yourself into safety ropes — they can drown you.
- If you fall into fast-moving water, do not try to stand up. The force of the water will push you over and hold you under. Most drownings result from getting a leg or ankle caught in an underwater rock ledge, between boulders or snagged in tree limbs or other debris. Lay on your back with your feet pointing downstream and toes pointing up toward the surface. Always look downstream and be prepared to fend off rocks with your feet.
- If you don't know how to swim, wear a life vest that meets U.S. Coast Guard(link is external) requirements.