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Czech Citizen Tries To Swim Niagara River From Canada To U.S.

Release Date: 
May 10, 2016

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.

Border Patrol agent watches for suspicious activity on Niagara River

Border Patrol agent watches for suspicious activity on Niagara River

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017