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    Toronot Men Who Fell off Jet Skis now in Hot Water with the Feds

    Toronto men who fell off jet skis now in hot water with the feds

    By Dan Herbeck - News Staff Reporter
    Updated: 08/25/08 8:03 PM

    First, they were hurled into the water after a jet ski accident on a dangerous stretch of the Niagara River.
    Then, they were rescued by the Coast Guard, and one of them required hospital treatment.
    Now, Jason and Edward Haist have other problems.
    The two Canadian jet skiers who were rescued after a mishap Saturday night spent all day Sunday and most of foday in a federal detention center.
    A U.S. Border Patrol spokesman said Jason Haist, 29, and his 21-year-old cousin, both of the Toronto area, face non-criminal immigration charges and could wind up being banned from the United States for five years.
    The two men have been in the custody of the federal government since they were rescued from the river near Devil's Hole State Park, near Lewiston.
    The cousins were then held in the Federal Detention Center in Batavia, but Price said they were released without bail late this afternoon.
    "They face non-criminal administrative charges and will be required to attend a removal hearing in Immigration Court," A.J. Price said. "They were charged because we have evidence that, before the accident, they made landfall in the U.S. without reporting in."
    Boaters who launch their water craft from Canada and then dock on American soil are required to report in with the Border Patrol, Price said.
    If an Immigration Court judge finds that the two men illegally landed in the U.S., the cousins could be banned from visiting the U.S. for five years, Price said. Price added that, so far, no date has been set for the Haists's hearing.
    The two cousins were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard and other authorities after their Sea-Doo personal watercraft overturned in the fast-moving waters of the river about 8 p.m. Saturday.
    After Jason Haist was treated in a Lewiston hospital for a head injury, he and his cousin were taken to the federal jail, authorities said.
    The area where the Haists' water craft overturned is a "treacherous and fast-moving" stretch of the lower Niagara River, but boaters are allowed in the area, Price said.
    Police said Jason Haist's girlfriend, Catherine Kerr of Scarborough, near Toronto, recovered the two Sea-Doo water craft on Sunday.
    Kerr was quoted in Monday's editions of the Toronto Sun newspaper as criticizing the U.S. government for taking the two men into custody.
    "I don't think it's fair," the Toronto paper quoted Kerr as saying. "It was an accident, and not like he had a choice of what hospital to go to. Here's a guy who was drowning and lucky enough to be saved … and now he faces this."
    "Canucks Jailed After Rescue; Near-drowning leads to time in U.S. pokey," the Sun's headline read. Efforts by The Buffalo News to reach Kerr and the Haists were unsuccessful.
    Price responded by saying the Haists were charged not because they had an accident, but because they apparently landed in the U.S. without reporting in prior to the accident.
    The Border Patrol officer added that two other people were rescued after the jet ski accident, but he said they were not charged because authorities found no evidence they had illegally entered the U.S.

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    I hope there is more to this story than What it apears to be at first glance! either way I'm sure they let them off

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    Rescue in lower Niagara River

    Men pulled from water near Devil's Hole after jet skis overturn

    Posted By Jennifer Pellegrini

    Posted 1 day ago

    Three Ontario men were rescued from the choppy waters of the lower Niagara River, Saturday night, after their Jet Skis overturned near the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge.
    Sun Media reports the men were from the Greater Toronto Area.
    The incident happened around 7 p.m., said James Cox, a search and rescue specialist with the United States Coast Guard office in Buffalo.
    Two of the men were aboard one of the machines. Another was riding solo.
    They were in the area of the Devil’s Hole Rapids – which begin about halfway between the whirlpool and the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge and end near the area of the Butterfly Conservatory – when they lost control of the machines.
    Cox said the Coast Guard first learned about the men in trouble after receiving a call from one of the Whirlpool Jet Boats, which spotted them in the water.
    The men – who were all wearing life jackets – had drifted from the spot where the jet skis overturned.
    “That, and the combination of having the other boat nearby, probably saved their lives,” said Cox.

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    Click avatar for tech links/info, donation request K447's Avatar
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    The Niagara river in that area has 'interesting' waters. The river itself is very dynamic, with whirlpools in some places that can swallow a PWC whole, including the rider. Some of these are from the river flow itself, others are caused by the outflow from the hydro-electric power plants alongside the river, which exit below the surface.

    A fun place to ride, but you really don't want ANY mechanical issues with the watercraft while you are in there, nor do you want to fall off!

    The border folks are generally VERY unforgiving. The river is not very wide, and it is an international border. There are cameras all along the river, and all boats are monitored, especially when they approach land on the US side.

    If you touch US land, you must immediately report to the US border folks. This is not always easy to do, and it is not apparent where you should go, unless you have researched it ahead of time.

    Keep in mind that the river itself is quite busy,with lots of recreational boating activity, and fishermen, plus the commercial Jet Boats that take tourists up to near Niagara Falls. The Jet Boats are big and fast, and if you get too close to them, you may get pulled over by one or another of the law enforcement and/or border boats.

    All told, you have to pay attention, and stay on the right side of the law. If you don't, you can easily end up being made an example of.
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    Those darn illegal jet ski immigrants...going to be the death of this nation.

    Where is that 'fence' down the middle of the river...that we paid for?

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    If you touch US land, you must immediately report to the US border folks. This is not always easy to do, and it is not apparent where you should go, unless you have researched it ahead of time.

    NOT TRUE!!!!

    You have 15 minutes once you touch land/ dock to call in . . . then you have 24 hours to report to pretty much Any Port (air or sea) and let a Customs and border protection officer check you into the U.S. Hey it's the law. . even if your coming for a connecting flight . . once you land on US Soil you must be checked in!!!

    Saying that is not fair. . . is like saying it's not fair you were only speeding for 2 minutes and you got pulled over (during that time) . . Thats how i see it!!

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    I was up there quite a few years ago on my XP. My wife was on her HX and took a nice spill. I picked her up on my XP and then went to rescue the HX. I jumped in after it since she would not be able to board it in those conditions. We had launched from St.Catherines and I had to stop on the US side for a fuel stop. This is pre-9/11 when things weren't so bad. I stayed on my ski while fueling, so I guess I really didn't enter the US.

    That area is not for amateurs and even the experts have had some bad experiences.

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    Devils hole... Never been there but always wanted to go... A few years ago a bunch of racers took a break from the tour stop... Between the Rochester race and the Harbour Beach race... A Canadian racer was hurt VERY badly jumping the Devils hole wave.. A standing wave that will sometimes go from 12 ft to 20 feet tall in a matter of seconds.. He was not wearing a helmet when another rider collided with him on that wave..
    He was unconsius in the water for a long period of time before the other riders could reach him... When they finally did Jason "the destroyer" Stoyer and a few of the other riders performed CPR and where able to revive him!!
    The Canadian riders name is Michael Janssen

    Here is an update on him...

    NIAGARA FALLS: A rescue reunion for Falls firefighters

    Canadian man shows appreciation for gorge rescue
    By Rick Pfeiffer/
    Niagara Gazette

    Mike Janssen doesn’t remember much of what happened to him on the hot humid July night in the Niagara River gorge last year.

    One minute he was stuck on a stone on his Jet Ski, the next he was in the Erie County Medical Center fighting for his life.

    He does know that if not for some Niagara Falls firefighters, he might not have won his life and death battle and that brought him back to the Falls on Monday to say thank you to the men who found him on the shoreline, gave him first aid and then carried him out of the gorge to a waiting medical helicopter.

    “I really wanted to thank everybody,” said Janssen, surrounded by family who also wanted to show their appreciation. “What they did was awesome, awesome.”

    Falls Fire Battalion Chief Nicholas Vilardo had another thought.

    “If it wasn’t for the skill and experience of the firefighters who responded, I don’t think (Mike) would have survived,” Vilardo said. “We’ve done (rescues) like these before, but not always with the same good results.”

    Temperatures were high and the humidity levels even higher when the firefighters at Engine 3 at the Royal Avenue station were dispatched to the gorge for what was described as a first aid call. Firefighters Jason Zona, Tom Tedesco, Brian McCormick and Captain John Asklar answered the bell.

    “When we got there, we had to look for the victim, it was getting dark and it was hard to find him,” Asklar recalled. “Then when we did get to him, (the call) had come in as a head laceration and he was on the shoreline with a fractured skull.”

    Janssen, 35, from Burlington, Ont., had been knocked from his Jet Ski when a friend, trying to rescue him from where he was grounded, ran into him on his own Jet Ski. He ended up on the shoreline between Devil’s Hole and the Whirlpool State Park.

    Firefighters from Engine 4 and Truck 10, at the 10th Street station, were called into to assist in the rescue and the process of carrying Janssen, in a rescue basket, out of the gorge began.

    “His breathing was very uneven and we weren’t sure he was going to make it,” Asklar said. “But we just kept climbing.”

    Because of the heat and humidity, the firefighters took turns carrying the basket up the side of the gorge using the Vanderbilt steps. In all, more than 25 firefighters and police over an hour to carry Janssen from the gorge and get him on to Mercy Flight for a trip to ECMC.

    He remained hospitalized until just before Christmas. Now, Janssen says, he’s doing much better.

    “Other than being tired a lot, I feel pretty good,” Janssen said. “I’m doing lots of physical therapy.”

    Janssen’s girlfriend, Olga Borucz, said Mike had been looking forward to the opportunity to meet the Falls firefighters.

    “It’s nice to be here,” she said. “It’s kind of closure. It was an amazing rescue to say the least. We kept praying and thanking these guys. They are dedicated, that’s for sure.”

    The warm feelings didn’t go unappreciated.

    “You feel fantastic to see (Mike) like this,” Asklar said. “And it’s nice to be thanked.”

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