Canadian Coast Guard ships were dispatched to the St. Clair River after a traditional river party got out of hand. Hundreds of people on boats and inner tubes washed up in Canada from the United States due to stormy weather.

Approximately 1,500 young Americans participating in a traditional party on the St. Clair River were rescued from the water after being washed up on inner tubes, rafts and inflatable boats across the border and accidently and illegally reaching Canada.

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The river party takes place once a year in the Michigan area, close to the Canadian Province of Ontario. Strong rains and bold winds brought hundreds of dinghies and tubes drifting quickly in the wrong direction. Many of the floating vessels lost air and the celebration ended in a vast Coast Guard rescue.

“They were terrified of entering another country without documentation,” said Peter Garapick of the Coast Guard rescue team. “No one carries their passport or any ID, and a lot were drinking alcohol.”


Celebration ends in rescue operation

Celebration ends in rescue operation Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

The massive amount of people rescued were brought to a town in Ontario and sent back on buses to the USA. It remains unclear whether anyone was arrested, yet the dangerous incident passed with only several minor injuries.

The next day the event organizers even posted a thank you on their Facebook page: “You’ve shown us true kindness and what it means to be amazing neighbors!”