U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended a Czech man who attempted to swim across the Niagara River from Ontario to New York.
Jindřich Koudelka, 38, was rescued April 30 by boaters in the lower section of the Niagara River, just miles north of the waterfall. The boaters spotted the Czech man hanging on to a log in the river and brought him aboard.
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.
“Securing the border in this area calls for teamwork with citizens and law enforcement agencies,” said Jeff Wilson, deputy patrol agent in charge. “This is an outstanding example of that kind of teamwork.”