Man swims across Detroit River, prompts rescue - New York News

Man swims across Detroit River, prompts rescue

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DETROIT (AP) — A man who wanted to prove he could swim across the Detroit River from Canada to the U.S. ended up prompting an international rescue operation.

John Morillo told The Windsor Star that he was drinking alcohol before Monday night's swim and for years had said he could make it from Windsor, Ontario, to Detroit. He was cited for being intoxicated in a public place and released from jail Tuesday.

Morillo made it across, and was swimming back when he was picked up. The 47-year-old Windsor man says he was told he'll likely be fined for swimming in a shipping channel.

Morillo says he regrets causing problems for authorities, including Windsor police and Coast Guard crews from the U.S. and Canada.

The Detroit News reports three boats and a helicopter responded.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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