A jolly good swim across the pond ends in deportation

Police detain illegal swimmer








St. Clair County authorities responded to the area of the Blue Water Bridge Thursday, after someone decided to have a jolly good time swimming across the pond, better known as the St. Clair River.

The person told authorities he was not in any kind of distress, as first believed, despite the strong current near the bridge.

Around 6 p.m., the 47-year old British man was apprehended by authorities in Port Huron, after he completed a challenging swim across the St. Clair River from Canada.

Police say the 47-year-old man was a resident of London, England, and wanted to make it to the U.S. to obtain a work visa.

The man was given medical clearance from a local hospital and later apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, who deported him to Canada.

Police were assisted by the Port Huron Fire Department, U.S. Coast Guard and the St. Clair County Sheriff Marine Division.