DETROIT (July 24, 20130—John Morillo, 47, who wanted to prove he could swim across the Detroit River from Canada to the U.S., ended up as the focus of an international rescue operation instead.
Morillo told The Windsor Star he was drinking alcohol before Monday night's swim.
He was cited for being intoxicated in a public place and released from jail Tuesday.
He told the paper he had claimed for years he could make the swim from Windsor, Ontario, to Detroit and in fact he did.
Morillo was swimming back when he was picked up.
He said he was told he'll likely be fined for swimming in a shipping channel.
Morillo says he regrets causing problems for authorities, including Windsor police and Coast Guard crews from the U.S. and Canada.
The Detroit News reports three boats and a helicopter responded.