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Old 08-22-2016, 05:12 PM
 
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"They were terrified of entering another country without documentation. No one carries their passport or any ID, and a lot were drinking alcohol," Peter Garapick, superintendent of search and rescue for the coast guard, told CBC television.

Hundreds of Americans wash up illegally in Canada after river party

Too bad other illegal aliens ain't afraid to come to the US. At least our kind respected Canada enough to NOT try to sneak in there.
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Old 08-23-2016, 08:57 AM
 
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Honestly I thought the fact that this happened is quite sad! At least the authorities made this a quick process on extraditing our fellow Americans back to home and in return we should at least pay Canada back the cost of the emergency operation that saved these people.
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Old 08-23-2016, 01:33 PM
 
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Honestly I thought the fact that this happened is quite sad! At least the authorities made this a quick process on extraditing our fellow Americans back to home and in return we should at least pay Canada back the cost of the emergency operation that saved these people.
Agreed.
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Old 08-23-2016, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Barrington
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Honestly I thought the fact that this happened is quite sad! At least the authorities made this a quick process on extraditing our fellow Americans back to home and in return we should at least pay Canada back the cost of the emergency operation that saved these people.
Perhaps the floaters should pay the cost associated with the Canadian rescue and transport back home.
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Old 08-23-2016, 03:14 PM
 
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Perhaps the floaters should pay the cost associated with the Canadian rescue and transport back home.
Agreed tho there might be a "mutual aid" agreement here between Canada and the US.
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Old 08-23-2016, 04:08 PM
 
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Perhaps the floaters should pay the cost associated with the Canadian rescue and transport back home.
That would be ideal though I seriously doubt any of them would fork up the change.
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Old 08-26-2016, 12:20 PM
 
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Why do Americans always try to invade Canada? Hehehe
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Old 08-27-2016, 06:14 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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Honestly I thought the fact that this happened is quite sad! At least the authorities made this a quick process on extraditing our fellow Americans back to home and in return we should at least pay Canada back the cost of the emergency operation that saved these people.
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Perhaps the floaters should pay the cost associated with the Canadian rescue and transport back home.
I agree!
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Old 08-27-2016, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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Just to add a bit more context to this.


Lake St Clair is a fairly narrow body of water that connects Lake Huron to the Detroit river. In this particular situation, there were "thousands of people " floating down the water course.


Many of them had been or were drinking on the water. The wind came up and they were blown across into Canadian territory, and towards the shore. The rafts and floaters that they were on had no steering and no motors, so they were not able to control them.


The Canadian Coast Guard, the Ontario Provincial Police and the Canadian Border Services Agency all responded with patrol vessels. So did many private boats from both sides of the river. These agencies roped as many as 20 rafts together, and towed them to a number of beaches and marinas on the Ontario shore.


Once they were on shore, a number of large OPP trucks were brought in , and the rafts were deflated and loaded into the trucks to be taken back to Michigan. The OPP called a local charter bus company and they sent 25 buses, to transport the Americans back to their country, which took a number of trips as each bus could only hold 50 people. The CBSA officers went to the international bridge, to make sure that the US officers would be assured that all the young people were US residents, as none of them had any ID with them.


In all, no loss of life, no injuries and a lesson learned by the people on the rafts about what winds can do to them.


A good example of trans border co operation, I would say.


Jim B.
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Old 08-28-2016, 02:51 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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Jim B. Reminds me of this annual celebration in the Big Bend area, actually ours is more fun! Might make certain readers of this page want to explode. :-) Lajitas | Big Bend Newswire
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