Somehow this past weekend, the annual Float Down that starts at Lighthouse Beach in Port Huron and ends in Marysville took a wild turn as hundreds of floaters
were blown across the St. Claire River into the backyard of our friendly neighbor Canada in what seems to be the greatest border hop of all time.
If you're unfamiliar with the Float Down, thousands of people gather their best floatable devices, grab a six pack, and literally float down the St. Claire River. The day started with clear skies and warm weather, but since we live in Michigan the weather can change faster than all the bros shotgunning beers riding their inflatable swans.
The Free Press reports
that around 1,200 to 1,500 floaters were blown over to Sarnia where the police set up a refugee camp (LOL) and then bussed them all back to America which took about six hours and 19 busloads. Hats off to you Canada cause that just sounds like worst headache ever. Fortunately, no lives were lost.
On a side note, Freep also posted a video that they took before the insanity ensued, and they showed shots of happy floaters linked up together on their rafts with, a direct quote from the video, "food, beer, and cigarettes." One thing we didn't really see however was the use of a lifejacket. Ya know, in case something awful happens like getting blown off course into another country while you've been drinking for, and again, another direct quote, "4 to 10 hours, I won't remember 2." You can watch the video below.
Sure, the Float Down is obviously supposed to be something fun for everyone, but maybe the binge drinking culture and lack of lifejackets should change before something too serious happens again.