Blue Water Bridge ( Photo by Briana Carnegie)Blue Water Bridge ( Photo by Briana Carnegie)

Swimmer arrested in Michigan after crossing the river from Canada

A 47-year-old man was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection after he swam across the St. Clair River from Canada to Port Huron, Michigan Thursday.

Port Huron Police Sgt. James Gilbert said they responded to a call about a distressed swimmer in the area of the Blue Water Bridge just after 6 p.m.

Gilbert said the man refused assistance and swam to the U.S. shore.

When he exited the water, Sgt. Gilbert said the man, a resident of London, England, told them he wanted to come to the United States to get a work visa.

He was assessed at hospital and then released into the custody of U.S Customs and Border Protection, who deported him to Canada.

The U.S. Coast Guard and St. Clair County Sheriff Marine Division also assisted.

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