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Man in Wet Suit Walks Across Frozen Lake, Arrested by Border Patrol for Illegally Entering U.S.

Release Date: 
January 17, 2014

Wellesley Island, N.Y. — Agents from the Wellesley Island, N.Y. Border Patrol station arrested a male Canadian citizen after he illegally entered the United States by walking across a frozen portion of the St. Lawrence Seaway.

On Tuesday, Jan. 14, at approximately 10 p.m. Border Patrol agents encountered an individual walking down a county road on Wellesley Island carrying luggage. Further investigation by agents discovered the individual to be a citizen of Canada who illegally entered the United States after walking across the ice covered Lake of the Isles portion of the St. Lawrence Seaway. The suspect also wore a wetsuit under his clothes and carried an inflatable raft to protect him from thin ice and open water. 

At the station, processing revealed the individual’s criminal conviction in Canada for theft. The suspect was subsequently processed for removal and returned to Canada, barring him from entering the United States for a period of five years.

The Border Patrol would like to remind the public of the dangers associated with illegally crossing the border, especially over frozen water. Certain characteristics of the body of water, the weather and the environment can dictate the thickness of the ice. Since water seldom freezes uniformly, changes in any of these conditions may pose an extreme danger of falling through the ice for anyone attempting to cross. In cold temperature hypothermia can take effect in a matter of minutes.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling (800) 331-0353 toll free.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021