Huron city officials have no plans to implement any safety measures near the treacherous drop off at the Huron Boat Basin in response to a recent drowning.
Huron city manager Andy White said the city has no plan to erect a fence along the river at this time because the only areas along the river controlled by the city are used for transient dockage and because the city doesn't own the Huron pier.
"There was only one additional incident of a pedestrian falling into the river," he said. "In addition, at this time it is unknown how, when, why or where (Nathan) Dickey entered the river. As a result neither the necessity nor the effectiveness of such a fence can be determined."
The 21-year-old Iraq War veteran was found dead in the Huron River on Oct. 25. He was last seen intoxicated and walking along the Boat Basin. The basin is lined with a wide concrete path with a sheer drop into the water. When he went missing Oct. 17, friends searched for him and found his shoe along the bank near the Brass Pelican.
An investigation into his death continues.
As far as past accidental falls into the river, it's unclear how many there have been because police officials either don't have or haven't provided records detailing incidents except for one.
Police Chief John Majoy produced the one recorded incident of an accidental fall into the river in 2009 when a woman, using her cell phone, failed to watch where she was walking.
According to emails sent by Majoy, there was also a drowning off the neighboring pier area in May 1999. But, after first saying in late October that he'd release the record of that incident, Majoy failed to do so, saying it didn't fit the criteria cited in the public records request sent by the Register.
"As reported to you via e-mail on 10/29/2010, there was a drowning incident off the Huron Pier in May 1999; however, it was not a reported fall or accident like you had requested. If you would like a copy of that report you can request it accordingly," Majoy wrote in an e-mail Friday.
Majoy did not respond to a follow-up public records request on Friday again seeking the drowning incident report and any other similar incidents near that area along the river.