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article imageOntario man rescued trying to raft across Niagara River to U.S.; faces charges

By Brandigal (Donna)     Feb 6, 2007 in Crime
A Canadian man was rescued from the Niagara River after trying to cross into the United States in the middle of the night in a rubber raft.
Wayne Kingwell, 40, of Ontario told police he was trying to pay a credit card bill in person so this is why he got in a raft on the Niagara River in the middle of the night and tried to go across the river and enter the U.S.
He did not want to pay the $85.00 fee if he mailed it from Canada so he got into his raft at 2 am in the morning in the extreme cold and tried to sneak into the States. He had to be treated at a hospital for hypothermia after he spent 5 hours in the raft on ice before being rescued.
He could not drive across the bridge because of a past legal dispute with the Canadian government.
When he was rescued, authorities said, Kingwell was carrying more than $3,000 cash - enough to pay off a credit card bill that he really does owe.
He is now facing charges of illegally trying to enter the United States.
That excuse has to be on the top of the list of idiot excuses.
He could have froze to death or been killed. This time of year, Niagara Falls is very cold.
another link to the story http://www.buffalonews.com/editorial/20070206/1004863.asp
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