Friends attempted to save 21-year-old man presumed drowned in St. Clair River

Posted at 11:35 AM, Jul 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-15 11:35:40-04

ST. CLAIR, Mich. (WXYZ) — The St. Clair County Sheriff's Office said friends tried to save a 21-year-old man who is presumed drowned in the St. Clair River over the weekend.

Riley Gleason, from East China Township, was on a boat with friends behind the St. Clair Inn when he jumped into the river.

Two friends who were with him said he immediately started calling for help, and one of them said he threw a rope and flotation device to Gleason.

Neither of those worked, so the friend then jumped into the river and was able to grab Gleason, but he slipped away from his grasp and went under water.

Deputies from the Sheriff's Office Marine Division and fire department were called to the area around 9 p.m. Friday, and the U.S. Coast Guard joined it. It was called off due to darkness at 11 p.m., but deputies were back Saturday morning searching for nine hours with sonar equipment.

The search continued on Sunday, but they were unable to recover the body.

Dive team members will continue the search for his body on Monday afternoon.