Czech citizen accused of trying to illegally swim from Canada to US

(U.S. Border Patrol vehicle)

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.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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