Officials in the Joint Operations Centre could hardly believe their eyes when they saw two people joyriding on two rubber ducks whilst monitoring CCTV footage of a flooded Third Avenue Dip in the Newton Park area. The CCTV is primarily used to assist in catching vehicles not adhering to the road closure but nobody expected rubber ducks to appear on screen.
Boom gates erected last week to keep motorists from using the road when the low level bridge floods gave the adventurers the perfect opportunity to gracefully row over the tarred road without the hassle of worrying about oncoming traffic.
Whilst most people in Nelson Mandela Bay are staying warm indoors to escape the inclement weather after 104,6 mm of rain fell over the last three days, the two caused quick action from the Joint Operations Centre.
The South African Police Services responded with speed to the Baakens River and the police men were surprised when they caught up with another seven men in their canoes in the Targetkloof area. These gentlemen reluctantly received warnings but there were no sign of the two adventurers in their rubber ducks.
Although their joyride would have been history if they were caught, they would also escape a pre-determined fine of R1000 for using the Third Avenue dip while the boom gates are closed since they did not “drive” past the barriers.