Canadian city might have to pay after rescuing stranded Americans

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Canadian City Faces $6K Bill for Rescuing Stranded Americans

It cost over $6,000 to rescue roughly 1,500 Americans who unexpectedly floated into Canadian territory Sunday. And guess who may have to pay the bill?

The city of Sarnia, Ontario, is likely on the hook to pay police, firefighters and transit workers. In all, 10 city buses made 19 trips to help the stranded American floaters get back to the border.

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A lot of those rescuers had to work overtime, and even after the Americans were gone, a lot of trash needed to be picked up.

During the annual float trip, participants travel down the St. Clair River. The plan is always to stay on the Michigan side of the river, but this time, strong winds blew many floaters into an illegal border crossing.

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NIAGARA FALLS, NY - JUNE 04: The Rainbow Bridge crosses from the United States (L), into Canada near the Niagara Falls on June 4, 2013 at Niagara Falls, New York. The falls, which have a combined highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world, straddle the U.S.-Canada border, on the Niagara River, which drains Lake Erie into Lake Ontario. The falls, visited by millions of tourists on each side of the border, are also a major source of hydroelectric power for the region. The aerial view was seen from a helicopter flown by the U.S. Office of Air and Marine, (OAM), which monitors and patrols the U.S. northern border with Canada. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
In this photo taken Thursday, May 23, 2013, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer reaches for identification from a driver as cars from Canada line up to cross into the U.S. in Blaine, Wash., at Peace Arch State Park. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
LAKE METIGOSHE, ND - SEPTEMBER 8: A sign warns about the potential consequences of illegal entry into the United States or Canada on September 8, 2006 at Lake Metigoshe, North Dakota. The lake lies on the border between the two nations. (Photo by: Andy Nelson/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images)
COLUMBIA VALLEY, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA - JUNE 18: Obelisks mark the border between the United States and Canada in Columbia Valley, British Columbia, Canada, on June 18, 2006. (Photo by: Andy Nelson/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK, NY - JUNE 04: U.S. Border Patrol agent John Stanko walks along a rail bridge connecting the U.S. with Canada on June 4, 2013 near Black Rock, New York. U.S. Border Patrol agents monitor the bridge for undocumented immigrants trying to cross either into or out of the United States illegally on the bridge. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Border Patrol Agent Sandy Walters, Field Operations Supervisor, patrols under the Grand Island Bridge near the international border with Canada near Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/David Duprey)
August 1, 2008 - CHAMPLAIN, NEW YORK - The fence which marks the property line, and the property line of a house on the Canadian side, also represents the international border. The Canada-US border where New York and Vermont meet with Quebec, is part of the northern frontier for US Border Patrol agents. Increased staffing and increased budgets have led to better enforcement across the region. Toronto Star/Rick Madonik (Photo by Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
DEPEW, NY - JUNE 05: U.S. Border Patrol agents check passenger identifications aboard an Amtrak train from Chicago to New York City on June 5, 2013 in Depew, New York. The agents set up a 24 hour check of transportation hubs in and around Buffalo. They said they received intelligence of undocumented immigrants passing through the area. The Border Patrol also monitors cross along the northern border between the United States and Canada. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
DEPEW, NY - JUNE 05: A U.S. Border Patrol agent checks passenger identifications aboard an Amtrak train from Chicago to New York City on June 5, 2013 in Depew, New York. The agents set up a 24 hour check of transportation hubs in and around Buffalo. They said they received intelligence of undocumented immigrants passing through the area. The Border Patrol also monitors cross along the northern border between the United States and Canada. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
DEPEW, NY - JUNE 05: U.S. Border Patrol agents check passenger identifications at a train station on June 5, 2013 in Depew, New York. The agents set up a 24 hour check of transportation hubs in and around Buffalo. They said they received intelligence of undocumented immigrants passing through the area. The Border Patrol also monitors cross border traffic along the northern border between the United States and Canada. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
August 1, 2008 - CHAMPLAIN, NEW YORK - The Bush Road (must check proper name), looking back to the US from the Canadian side of the fence. Formerly a valid entry point to the US, with an agricultural inspection centre, it is no longer in use and monitored. The Canada-US border where New York and Vermont meet with Quebec, is part of the northern frontier for US Border Patrol agents. Increased staffing and increased budgets have led to better enforcement across the region. Toronto Star/Rick Madonik (Photo by Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
LEWISTON, NY - JUNE 04: The Niagara River emerges from the Niagara Gorge on June 4, 2013 at Lewiston, New York. The river forms the border between the United States (L), and Canada and drains Lake Erie into Lake Ontario. The river is a major source of hydroelectric power for the region. The aerial view was seen from a helicopter flown by the U.S. Office of Air and Marine, (OAM), which monitors and patrols the U.S. northern border with Canana. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
SWEETGRASS, MONTANA-March 3, 2005-This border marker sits on a gravel road that goes between Montana and Alberta, Canada. It is between the border crossing of Sweetgrass, MT to Coutts, Alberta and Whitlash, MT. to Aden, Alberta, Canada (THE DENVER POST PHOTO BY LYN ALWEIS) NOTE: WE MAY NOT WANT TO TELL WHERE THESE ROADS ARE (Photo By Lyn Alweis/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 03: A U.S. Border Patrol agent looks over Lake Erie near the U.S.-Canada border on June 3, 2013 in Buffalo, New York. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which includes the Border Patrol, monitors the 5,525 mile long border, including Alaska, forming the longest international border between two countries in the world. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Oroville, Washington-March 2, 2005- Richard M. Graham, Jr. steps out of his truck on the U.S. side of the border. The Border Patrol know that people have entered the U.S. in this area because they can see footprints in the snow. The border betweeen the U.S. and Canada can be seen behind him as a rancher's fence caught snow and held it there on the Canadian side. (THE DENVER POST PHOTO BY LYN ALWEIS) Yes, that is the border up on those hills. (Photo By Lyn Alweis/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
NORTON, VT - MARCH 22: U.S. Border Patrol Agents Paul Mulcahy (L) and Andrew Mayer ride snowmobiles as they look for signs of illegal aliens as they cross a frozen lake that is split between the Canadian territory to the right and the U.S. March 22, 2006 near Norton, Vermont. As American politicians continue to debate immigration reform, Border Patrol agents work the northern border to prevent illegal entry. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
BEECHER FALLS, VT - MARCH 23: A U.S. Border Patrol agent stands along the boundary marker cut into the forest marking the line between Canadian territory on the right and the United States March 23, 2006 near Beecher Falls, Vermont. As American politicians continue to debate immigration reform, Border Patrol agents work the northern border to prevent illegal entry. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
In this Feb. 10, 2011 photo, U.S. Border Patrol agents Janice Jones, left, and Glenn Pickering ride snowmobiles along the St. Lawrence River in Massena, N.Y. This is the United Statesâ forgotten border, where federal agents and police play cat-and-mouse with smugglers and illegal immigrants along 4,000 miles of a mostly unmarked and unfortified frontier with Canada. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
In this Thursday, May 23, 2013 photo, cars from Canada line up to cross into the United States, in Blaine, Wash., at Peace Arch State Park. In April 2013, in its 2014 fiscal year budget proposal, the Department of Homeland Security requested permission to study a fee at the nation's land border crossings. The request has sparked wide opposition among members of Congress from northern states, who vowed to stop it. A fee, they say, would hurt communities on the border that rely on people, goods and money moving between the U.S. and Canada. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
SUMAS, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA - JUNE 18: Canada is on the left side of the ditch and the United States is on the right near Sumas, British Columbia, Canada, on June 18, 2006. The road is under video surveillance and Border Patrol agents make frequent passes on the roadway. The amount of traffic on the Canadian roadway is much greater. (Photo by Andy Nelson/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images)
In this Thursday, May 23, 2013 photo, cars from Canada line up to cross into the U.S. in Blaine, Wash. In April 2013, in its 2014 fiscal year budget proposal, the Department of Homeland Security requested permission to study a fee at the nation's land border crossings. The request has sparked wide opposition among members of Congress from northern states, who vowed to stop it. A fee, they say, would hurt communities on the border that rely on people, goods and money moving between the U.S. and Canada. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
NIAGARA FALLS, NY - OCTOBER 18: On a windy day, mist partially obscures the huge waterfalls and creates a rainbow, on October 18, 2013 in Niagara Falls, New York. Niagara Falls is the collective name for three waterfalls that straddle the international border between Canada and the United States. The combined falls form the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world, with a vertical drop of more than 165 feet. The falls are renowned both for their beauty - drawing tourists from around the world - and as a valuable source of hydroelectric power. (Photo by Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK, NY - JUNE 03: A U.S. Border Patrol boat patrols the Niagara River forming the U.S.-Canada border on June 3, 2013 near Black Rock, New York. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which includes the Border Patrol, monitors the 5,525 mile long border, including Alaska, forming the longest international border between two countries in the world. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
In this Aug. 10, 2011 photo, a marker indicates the official border between the U.S. and Canada in Richford, Vt. Before 9/11, many border communities in Vermont and Quebec were barely separated by an international boundary. People in some communities used to run back and forth several times a day between the United States and Canada on local streets. Now that'll get people arrested. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
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The problem is the event is unsponsored, and without a sponsor, the city's mayor is left wondering who to charge.

Charging the people who needed to be rescued seems like a good idea. But most arrived on shore without any money or identification.

In the end, Sarnia may get a little help after all. A Michigan man, who didn't need to be rescued, has started a GoFundMe account to supplement the costs. So far, the effort has raised more than $4,000.

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