Police search for missing man in Rouge River

(WXYZ) - The churning water was too much for divers as they didn't even try to enter the fast moving Rouge River this afternoon, calling the swollen water unsafe to conduct a dive team search following afternoon storms.

Around 3 p.m. Tuesday, police say a man and woman were along the waters edge of the Henry Ford Estate, near the University of Michigan – Dearborn campus when an eyewitness called 9-1-1 saying two people were calling for help and struggling to survive the turgid water.

Dearborn police responded and tell Action News they saved a woman about 100 yards downriver from the Estate.

She was taken to a hospital, treated and is expected to recover.

Although police say it's unclear how the two ended up in the water, The Ford Estate is a popular place for U of M Dearborn students to gather, and my sources tell me the missing man was a student at the nearby college. It's not known if the 23-year-old Dearborn Heights woman rescued was a student.

U of M Dearborn students we talked to, but would not agree to go on camera, describe the male student as Asian man dressed in a blue shirt and khaki pants.

As night began to fall, crews were wrapping up their search for the night and say they combed the shore and river's surface using four boats, covering an area from the Ford Estate, downriver to the Ford Rouge Plant.

An additional search by Coast Guard members occurred from the Detroit River, upstream of the Rouge River to the Rouge Plant--nothing was discovered. 

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