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Man swims across Detroit River after 8 beers, prompts rescue

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John Morillo, 47 (Still image from windsorstar.com) John Morillo, 47 (Still image from windsorstar.com)
DETROIT (WJBK) -

A man who wanted to prove he could swim across the Detroit River from Canada to the U.S. ended up prompting and international rescue operation.

John Morillo told The Windsor Star that he drank about eight beers before Monday night's swim and for years had said he could make it from Windsor, Ontario, to Detroit. He was cited for being intoxicated in a public place and released from jail Tuesday.

Morillo made it across, and was swimming back when he was picked up. "I've been telling people that I could swim across the river for 20 years and they all laughed at me and I finally did it, but I would not suggest anybody do it," Morillo told the newspaper.

The 47-year-old Windsor man says he was told he'll likely be fined at least $5,000 for swimming in a shipping channel.

Morillo says he regrets causing problems for authorities, including Windsor police and Coast Guard crews from the U.S. and Canada.

"It's just really, really stupid. I apologize to all the people who had to go last night looking for me."

- The Associated Press contributed to this report

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