NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Niagara Falls Station responded to a call for assistance from the Lewiston Police Department at the Lewiston boat ramp during the morning of April 30.
Police officers stated they had encountered Jindrich Koudelka, a 38-year-old Czech citizen, rescued by boaters earlier from the lower Niagara River. The boaters had spotted Koudelka in the river, clinging to a log. The boaters took the subject to the boat ramp where they were met by Lewiston Police officers.The subject was taken by ambulance to Mount Saint Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston.
Border Patrol agents arrived at the hospital and determined that the subject did not speak English. Koudelka was interviewed with the assistance of an interpreter, stating he attempted to enter the U.S. illegally on April 30 at about 11:00 a.m. by attempting to swim from Canada across the Lower Niagara River near Lewiston.
“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.”
Koudelka was alone when encountered by Lewiston Police. The subject was treated and released from the hospital, detained, and transported to Niagara Falls Border Patrol Station for processing and investigation.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.