From our, “It’s always fun until somebody dies” department, comes a story out of Sarnia Ontario that is grabbing worldwide attention for their hospitality.
For over 30 years Pt Huron Michigan, across the Blue Water Bridge from Sarnia Ontario, hosts an unofficial event that attracts 1000’s every year.
It called the PT Huron Float Down where a very large group of “refreshed floaters” travel 8 miles (13km) down the trans-border shipping lane known as the St Clair River which eventually links Lake Huron to Erie.
It is not sanctioned by anyone as no one wants to be held responsible but that does not stop 1000’s from coming out despite authorities recommending otherwise.
Last Sundays event (which happens every third weekend in August) was right out of a bad Gilligan’s Island episode when the annual parade ran into some extremely windy weather.
In the end, about 1500 floaters were blown over to our country and had to be rescued by first responders on both sides of this international border.
The Mayor of Sarnia is appreciative of the thanks of hospitality coming his way from these U.S. recreational refugees.
However he isn’t happy about the $8000. his taxpayers will have to pay for getting these people safely to shore and back across the border without any ID, (or shirts).
He mused, if the tables were turned, how would 1500 floaters who drifted over from Canada to the U.S. be treated by Homeland Security?
He hopes with a nice free, warm, dry, bus ride home too, like Sarnia provided.
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