NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — United States Border Patrol officers say a Czech man has been detained after he tried to illegally swim from Canada to the U.S. via the Niagara River.
On April 30, boaters spotted Jindrich Koudelka, 38, clinging to a log in the lower portion of the river. They then took him to the Lewiston boat ramp, where police were waiting for him.
Once they had arrived on land, Koudelka was taken to Mount Saint Mary’s Hospital for treatment.
At the hospital, U.S. Border Patrol officers communicated with Koudelka with help from a translator after they realized he could not speak English.
It was determined then that Koudelka began swimming toward the U.S. that day around 11 a.m.
Following detainment by authorities, the Czech citizen was taken to the Niagara Falls Border Patrol Station for processing and investigation.
“Securing the border in this area calls for teamwork with citizens and law enforcement agencies,” said Deputy Patrol Agent In Charge Jeff Wilson. “This is an outstanding example of that kind of teamwork.”