River Swimmer Speaks To FOX19


Update: Charges against Eddie Hunt have been dropped.

Previously: What started as a bet between friends landed one Reds fan in jail on Sunday.

When Eddie Hunt bet against the Reds during Sunday's Brewers game, he never thought he'd end up way over his head in trouble with the law.

"I made the comment if the Reds win, I will swim home," said Hunt.

With the Reds down 3-1 in the 10th inning to the Brewers, back to back homeruns by Edwin Encarnacion and Paul Bako tied the game at three. Then, Ken Griffey Jr. stepped up with runners on first and second and hit a ball to the wall in right field to score Scott Hatteberg. Reds win, 4-3. Which meant Hunt had to make good on his word.

So with his friends in tow, Hunt headed to Yeatman's Cove.

"Next thing you know he's like, 'I'm doing it,' gave me his phone his keys, wallet and off he went," said David Hasting, a friend.

"I walked in ankle deep, it wasn't that bad, then waist deep, I was like, 'all right, I'll see you guys on the other side,'" said Hunt.

About halfway across, Eddie started hearing sirens, and on the other side, anxiously awaiting his arrival, was the Covington Police and fire departments. For a second he considered going back to Cincinnati, only to find Cincinnati Police were waiting for him there.

And just to clarify, Eddie was stone cold sober, and there was not one dollar on the line, only pride.

"It cost them $144 to bail me out of jail but that's about it," he said.

He's charged with disorderly conduct, because it's not illegal to swim in or across the Ohio, only dangerous.

"If the current was even moving I would definitely not even try it," said Eddie.

"If it will keep 'em (the Reds) winning, he'll swim the river everyday," said another friend, Patrick Kendall.

Even though it's not illegal to swim across the Ohio, Covington police say that with the current, and hazards in the water, it's not a good idea, especially at this time of year when the water temperature is still so cold.

FOX19.com: Corey McConnell