Sarnia Police say hundreds of people were assisted by several Canadian agencies after high winds caused problems for those involved in the Port Huron Float Down on the St. Clair River.

Police say they started to receive calls for assistance around 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon after winds at approximately 40 km/h pushed several of the floaters across to the Canadian side of the river.

The Float Down is an annual event which sees thousands of people “float down” the St. Clair River on floatation devices.

Due to the cooler weather and water many floaters needed assistance from Sarnia down through Corunna.

Agencies involved with the assistance included Sarnia police, fire, Lambton EMS, OPP, Canada Customs and Border Agency, RCMP, Coast Guard, Sarnia Transit, and fire personnel from various chemical plants. Members of the general public also offered assistance.

U.S. citizens were helped from the water and given any necessary assistance before being transported to U.S. customs and immigration via Sarnia Transit buses.

Police have detailed any possible injuries during the event.