Canada halts wave of accidental US migrants as water-borne party goes awry

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Coast guard saves 1,500 revellers participating in the Port Huron Float Down after winds blew their flotilla of inflatable rafts unlawfully into Canadian area

About 1,500 Americans drifting down a river that separates the United States from Canada needed to be saved from the water when strong rains and winds sent them unlawfully into Canadian area, according to the nations coast guard.

The Americans were participating in the yearly Port Huron Float Down on Sunday in the St Clair river, which runs in between the United States state of Michigan and the Canadian province of Ontario.

The winds blew the flotilla of inflatable rafts and inner tubes off course and to the Canadian coast. Some rafts deflated, stimulating a rescue effort by the Canadian coast guard along with provincial and federal cops, coast guard spokesperson Carol Launderville stated in an e-mail.

Most floaters needed to be saved from the water, with lots of hauled to coast, according to the coast guard.

They were frightened of getting in another nation without documents. Nobody brings their passport or any ID, and a lot were consuming alcohol, Peter Garapick, superintendent of search and rescue for the coast guard, informed CBC tv.

Some attempted to swim back to the United States.

We needed to pull a great deal of individuals from the water and state no, Garapick stated.

The Americans were collected at Sarnia, Ontario, and bussed back to the United States by the citys public transit.

Sarnia cops did not state whether anybody was charged in the occurrence, and just small injuries were reported.

Launderville stated the occasion has no main organizer and positions uncommon and considerable risks due to the rivers fast-moving present and individuals absence of life vest.

A Facebook page for the occasion, which goes back more than 30 years in the city of Port Huron, west of the border from Sarnia, made a post on Sunday night thanking Canadian authorities.

Youve revealed us real compassion and exactly what it indicates to be remarkable next-door neighbors! the post read.

The Facebook page seems run by a group called Port Huron Float Down, which states on its site it is not an organizer. The pages operators did not instantly react to a demand for remark.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/22/canada-us-migrants-float-down-coast-guard