Skip to comments.Canadian man chugs eight beers, swims to Detroit
Posted on 07/24/2013 12:41:50 PM PDT by JoeProBono
John Morillo, a 47-year-old Canadian man, acknowledged that it was "really stupid" of him to drink eight beers and swim across the Detroit River on Monday night. However, he is glad that he actually made it.
If Im going to be in the paper, Id at least like them to say I actually made it, even though I got in trouble and everything, he told The Windsor Star Tuesday. I gotta pay fines and stuff. But I dont want it to sound like I didnt make it, because then my buddies are going to say ha, ha, you didnt make it. Because that was the whole thing, to show them I could do it.
Morillo, who had been planning to swim across the river for years, began his journey by jumping in the river near Hiram Walker in Windsor, Ontario, Canada on Monday night.
I was drinking, but I wasnt really drunk, he said. The thing is, Ive been telling people Im going to swim across the river for years ... last night I just decided it was the time to go.
A neighbor of Morillo's, who wanted to witness the swim, reported the stunt to police after having lost sight of him for over half an hour.
Police then notified the Canadian and U.S. coast guards and three helicopters were deployed to search the area. The U.S. guard found him at around 12:50 a.m. swimming on the Canadian side, just west of the Hilton Hotel.
Morillo explained that he made it all the way to the Renaissance Center, got out of the water and posed for pictures with a few people before swimming back and being apprehended by authorities. He added that by the time he heard the helicopters he knew he had done something stupid.
The 47-year-old was charged with being intoxicated in a public place and will probably be fined for swimming in a shipping channel. The Windsors harbor master said the fine could go from $5,000 to $25,000. He spent the night in jail and was released on Tuesday.
Authorities told Morillo that swimming in the Detroit River is extremely dangerous because of the strong undertow in the shipping channel. He said that both the harbor master and his mother were extremely mad at him.
In the end, he learned his lesson.
I never should have done it. Ive been telling people I could swim across the river for 20 years and they all laughed at me, and I finally did it. But I would not suggest anybody do it. There are giant fines for doing it, crossing the shipping lanes. Its just really stupid and I apologize for all the people that had to go out looking for me, he said.
Old logs, garbage, a dead animal bloated, and lord knows what else I swam thru.
Needed more liquid courage when I was done too!
Given the attraction of the “Windsor Ballet”, I can see why he would want to swim back at 00:50. Was he arrested with a roll of dollar bills?
“Born and raised in South Detroit...”
“He took a midnight swim goin’ any where...”
A few years ago someone dressed as Santa Claus windsurfed over from Canada to Buffalo. He was arrested for entering the US illegally.
I’m guessing he was pretty well sober by the time he got to the Detroit side.
I hope he did not take any ‘natural breaks’ and pollute that fine river.
Maybe Detroit can set this up as a sporting event and make some money betting on the various odds, one mile, five, completion, survival after landing ... you know, the usual.
And I give him lots more credit for swimming back away from Detroit!
He swam the freakin' river twice!
It appears that he self-deported.
Just a city boy...
And he probly dint have a passport!
Did anyone contact ICE?
How wide is the river at the point he swam?
ever since that song came out, I’ve “given props” to Windsor as “South Detroit”; check the map.
I approve of this story.
Depth and current speed are more important...
Pass out and, by morning, you’ll be going over Niagra Falls! [/hyperbole]
I believe Windsor is the only Canadian city south of anywhere in the USA.
Dang it Crip. Stop given away my bar-bet trivia!
NIAGARA FALLS!!!! Slowly I turned....step...by...step.....inch...by....inch....
I’d need a lot more than eight beers to swim to Detroit.
Probably a half mile at the Ren Center.
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