Photo: John Morillo swam from Canada to Detroit
A Canadian man is facing a number of fines after he was adamant about proving he could swim across the Detroit River.
John Morillo, 47, had reportedly been telling people he could swim from across the Detroit River from Windsor, Ontario, Canada to Detroit, Michigan for decades.
After chugging eight beers Monday night, Morillo actually jumped into the water and began swimming.
“I was drinking, but I wasn’t really drunk,” Morillo told The Windsor Star Tuesday. “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.”
Still, despite facing fines for public intoxication and swimming in a shipping channel, Morilo wants to make it clear he achieved his goal.
“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 paper. “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’s friend reportedly called police after he lost sight of the intoxicated swimmer for over an hour.
He has since apologized to “all the people that had to go out looking for me,” adding that he knows what he did was “really stupid.”
Three helicopters and both the Canadian and U.S. coast guards were involved in the search for Morillo, who was found on the Canadian side of the river at around 12:50 a.m.
After spending the night in jail, Morillo now faces fines from $5,000 to $25,000.