A convicted criminal from Ontario, Canada, walked across the frozen St. Lawrence River to enter the U.S. illegally Tuesday, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Border patrol agents caught the unnamed 44-year-old Canadian citizen at about 10 p.m. Tuesday walking down a road on Wellesley Island.
Wearing a wetsuit under his clothes and carrying an inflatable raft in case he fell through the ice, the man navigated frozen portions of the Lake of the Isles to sneak past the U.S.-Canadian border. Officials declined to release the mans name but said he was previously convicted of theft in Canada.
CBP spokesperson Matthew Bitterman said the border agents were on routine patrol when they ran into the man. A lot of people dont realize the danger theyre putting themselves in, he said. It was at night and no one couldve seen if hed fallen through the ice.
The man was returned to Canada and has been barred from entering the United States for the next five years.