07/24/2013 22:56 EDT | Updated 09/23/2013 05:12 EDT

Canadian sorry for swimming the Detroit River

John Morillo, a Canadian who was arrested after a late-night decision to swim the breadth of the Detroit river on a dare, has apologized, telling a local paper the stunt was “really, really stupid.”

In an interview with the Windsor Star, Morillo made clear the shame he felt for sparking an international rescue effort – one that involved police and coast guard members. The 47-year-old also wanted it to go on record that he completed the swim.

The CBC’s Amanda Ferguson reported on Wednesday that police said Morillo was intoxicated and in no condition to swim when they found him near the Canadian shore of the river just before 1 a.m. Tuesday.

Morillo has been charged with public intoxication and could face thousands in fines for swimming in a shipping channel.