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Canadian man chugs eight beers, swims to Detroit
upi ^ | July 24, 2013 | VERONICA LINARES

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 I’m going to be in the paper, I’d 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 don’t want it to sound like I didn’t make it, because then my buddies are going to say ‘ha, ha, you didn’t 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 wasn’t really drunk,” he said. “The thing is, I’ve been telling people I’m 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 Windsor’s 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. I’ve 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. It’s just really stupid and I apologize for all the people that had to go out looking for me,” he said.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Outdoors; Sports; Travel
KEYWORDS: aliens; beer; canada; detroit; holdmybeer; michigan
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1 posted on 07/24/2013 12:41:50 PM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

Who’d this guy vote for?


2 posted on 07/24/2013 12:43:05 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (If the government told us to expect rain, I'd schedule an outdoor wedding.)
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
LOL That's a good sized river to be swimming across.

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3 posted on 07/24/2013 12:44:06 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: JoeProBono
" 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..."

OK at that I had to give him a lot of credit for having big brass ones

4 posted on 07/24/2013 12:44:28 PM PDT by Mr. K (4 election)
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To: JoeProBono

He can always claim that the beer fell in and somebody had to save it :)
5 posted on 07/24/2013 12:44:59 PM PDT by RedMDer (When immigrants cannot or will not assimilate, its really just an invasion. Throw them out!)
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To: JoeProBono

You must be VERY drunk to actually want to go to Detroit.


6 posted on 07/24/2013 12:45:15 PM PDT by Azeem (There are four boxes to be used in the defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury and ammo.)
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To: JoeProBono

:: began his journey by jumping in the river near ^^Hiram Walker^^ in Windsor, Ontario ::

The headlines write themselves!


7 posted on 07/24/2013 12:45:45 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel
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To: Tenacious 1

I hope he did it in the daytime.


8 posted on 07/24/2013 12:45:53 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: bcsco; cripplecreek

pingee thingee


9 posted on 07/24/2013 12:46:13 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel
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To: JoeProBono

Canadian man chugs eight beers, swims to Detroit

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Eight beers? Hell, I’d have to be a lot drunker than just eight beers to swim to that (bleep) hole of a city.


10 posted on 07/24/2013 12:46:22 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: JoeProBono

The miracle is that he didn’t get shot.


11 posted on 07/24/2013 12:46:23 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: JoeProBono

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?


12 posted on 07/24/2013 12:46:35 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: JoeProBono
It’s just really stupid and I apologize for all the people that had to go out looking for me,”

Yes, stupid and could have been run over by a boat but good for him for finally doing it.

13 posted on 07/24/2013 12:46:42 PM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: JoeProBono

He swam to Detroit? Was that so he wouldn’t get mugged or carjacked?


14 posted on 07/24/2013 12:47:00 PM PDT by meatloaf
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To: JoeProBono

No fines if his buddy had not called in the authorities. They owe him for the fines.


15 posted on 07/24/2013 12:47:36 PM PDT by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: JoeProBono
The Rio Grand it ain't.

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16 posted on 07/24/2013 12:48:00 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: JoeProBono; Clive; exg; Alberta's Child; albertabound; AntiKev; backhoe; Byron_the_Aussie; ...
No problem swimming, but the choice of destination indicates a serious lapse in judgement.

To all- please ping me to Canadian topics.

Canada Ping!

17 posted on 07/24/2013 12:48:09 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: JoeProBono; tx_eggman

Hey, hold muh 8-pack and wa....ahh.... ah, nevermind. Hold on a sec....


18 posted on 07/24/2013 12:48:30 PM PDT by SpinnerWebb (In 2012 you will awaken from your HOPEnosis and have no recollection of this... "Constitution")
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To: Gaffer

:: 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


19 posted on 07/24/2013 12:49:07 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel
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To: cripplecreek
The Rio Grand it ain't.

Sure wish the Rio Grande was that wide and deep. Might keep a few of them out.

20 posted on 07/24/2013 12:51:34 PM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: cripplecreek
I swam the Delaware at Philadelphia to Camden and back on a similar fuel. Pretty stupid too. The current had me swimming as hard as I could at a 60 degree angle to the shoreline so I wouldn't end up five miles downstream.

Old logs, garbage, a dead animal bloated, and lord knows what else I swam thru.

Needed more liquid courage when I was done too!

21 posted on 07/24/2013 12:51:43 PM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: cripplecreek

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...”


22 posted on 07/24/2013 12:52:21 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

“He took a midnight swim goin’ any where...”


23 posted on 07/24/2013 12:54:02 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel
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To: dfwgator

A few years ago someone dressed as Santa Claus windsurfed over from Canada to Buffalo. He was arrested for entering the US illegally.


24 posted on 07/24/2013 12:54:41 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

I’m guessing he was pretty well sober by the time he got to the Detroit side.


25 posted on 07/24/2013 12:55:35 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

LOL


26 posted on 07/24/2013 12:58:01 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: JoeProBono

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.


27 posted on 07/24/2013 12:58:19 PM PDT by SES1066 (Government governs best when it governs least!)
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To: Mr. K
OK at that I had to give him a lot of credit for having big brass ones

And I give him lots more credit for swimming back away from Detroit!

He swam the freakin' river twice!

28 posted on 07/24/2013 1:00:19 PM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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To: JoeProBono

It appears that he self-deported.


29 posted on 07/24/2013 1:00:57 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

Just a city boy...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcjzHMhBtf0


30 posted on 07/24/2013 1:02:49 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Army Air Corps
It appears that he self-deported.

And he probly dint have a passport!
Did anyone contact ICE?

31 posted on 07/24/2013 1:04:16 PM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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To: cripplecreek

How wide is the river at the point he swam?


32 posted on 07/24/2013 1:05:13 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: cripplecreek

Yep...

ever since that song came out, I’ve “given props” to Windsor as “South Detroit”; check the map.


33 posted on 07/24/2013 1:05:27 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel
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To: JoeProBono

I approve of this story.


34 posted on 07/24/2013 1:06:31 PM PDT by Egon (Apparently, Jimmy Carter DOES need a third term.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Non-sequitor

Depth and current speed are more important...

Pass out and, by morning, you’ll be going over Niagra Falls! [/hyperbole]


35 posted on 07/24/2013 1:06:59 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

I believe Windsor is the only Canadian city south of anywhere in the USA.


36 posted on 07/24/2013 1:07:14 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Dang it Crip. Stop given away my bar-bet trivia!


37 posted on 07/24/2013 1:08:08 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel
Pass out and, by morning, you’ll be going over Niagra Falls!

NIAGARA FALLS!!!! Slowly I turned....step...by...step.....inch...by....inch....

38 posted on 07/24/2013 1:08:11 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: JoeProBono

I’d need a lot more than eight beers to swim to Detroit.


39 posted on 07/24/2013 1:09:34 PM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (RINOS like Romney, McCain, Dole are sure losers. No more!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Probably a half mile at the Ren Center.


40 posted on 07/24/2013 1:10:21 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

Yes, that would be the Hiram Walker distillery. The river is about a mile wide and the Ren-Cen is about a mile down river from Walker’s. The current alone took him that far down river.


41 posted on 07/24/2013 1:10:29 PM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (The IRS--a softer Gestapo)
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To: JoeProBono

He was DRUNK... I mean, why would anyone in their RIGHT MIND swim To DETROIT?


42 posted on 07/24/2013 1:12:14 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Ben Carson/Rand Paul or Sara/Nikki in 2016)
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To: JoeProBono

“Canadian man sorry for chugging eight beers and swimming to Detroit.” Well, duh - who wouldn’t regret ending up in Detroit?


43 posted on 07/24/2013 1:13:44 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: meatloaf
He swam to Detroit? Was that so he wouldn’t get mugged or carjacked?

No, the tunnel customs agents are real pricks..........

Considering the fact that beer gives you infinite wisdom and superhuman strength, I think he made the right decision. However, since he was the first one to ever be caught, it's obvious he didn't drink enough.

44 posted on 07/24/2013 1:14:46 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (')
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To: Hot Tabasco

That Canadian beer is a bit stronger than the beer in the US.


45 posted on 07/24/2013 1:15:52 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Hot Tabasco
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46 posted on 07/24/2013 1:16:50 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: dfwgator

Molson’s used to have some great ads.

The Molson truck driver loaded and stopped at the border was great.

Customs: What’s behind the seat sir?

Driver: Uh, the whole rest of the truck.


47 posted on 07/24/2013 1:19:08 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

On Google maps it looks like it was a little more than 1.5 miles with the current for the first leg of the trip. They don’t say where he ended up back in Canada, but if you assume another 1.5 miles, that’s 0.375 miles per beer... Not bad!


48 posted on 07/24/2013 1:19:51 PM PDT by laker_dad
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To: dfwgator; Former Proud Canadian

The argument continues...

Molson Red Label or Molson Golden?

While I consider them both “skunk” beer, I fall on the Red Label side because it gets you hammered faster.

Eh?


49 posted on 07/24/2013 1:20:43 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel; cripplecreek

And don’t get me started on the geese!

They are “Canada Geese” not Canadian Geese and they poop everywhere! If there didn’t taste so good pan-seared and roasted, I’d rather see them wiped from the face of the Earth!

And NO! I’m not opinionated!


50 posted on 07/24/2013 1:23:59 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel
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