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.
Who’d this guy vote for?
OK at that I had to give him a lot of credit for having big brass ones
You must be VERY drunk to actually want to go to Detroit.
:: began his journey by jumping in the river near ^^Hiram Walker^^ in Windsor, Ontario ::
The headlines write themselves!
I hope he did it in the daytime.
Canadian man chugs eight beers, swims to Detroit
Eight beers? Hell, I’d have to be a lot drunker than just eight beers to swim to that (bleep) hole of a city.
The miracle is that he didn’t get shot.
Did river groups immediately organize protests against this river abuser and did Obama announce this could have been his river and that 33 years ago that river was him?
Yes, stupid and could have been run over by a boat but good for him for finally doing it.
He swam to Detroit? Was that so he wouldn’t get mugged or carjacked?
No fines if his buddy had not called in the authorities. They owe him for the fines.
To all- please ping me to Canadian topics.
Hey, hold muh 8-pack and wa....ahh.... ah, nevermind. Hold on a sec....
:: I hope he did it in the daytime. ::
From the article...swim across the Detroit River on Monday night...The U.S. guard found him at around 12:50 a.m. swimming on the Canadian side
Sure wish the Rio Grande was that wide and deep. Might keep a few of them out.
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