Tipsy golfer drives team van into canal

2013-05-29 00:00

THE notorious 19th hole proved a drive too far for a tipsy golfer when he steered his team’s van into a Durban canal.

A giggling bystander captured the moment on her cellphone and posted the hilarious results on YouTube.

The incident happened on Friday after a group of golfers from Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club enjoyed a boozy lunch at the Durban Undersea Club (DUC) in the city’s Point area. “It was a golf day. They had lunch and a good couple of drinks,” said DUC chairperson Cuane Hall.

One of the men had arranged for his Mercedes Vito to be driven down especially for the weekend so the team could get around.

With the lunch wrapping up, Hall said another member of the group thought it would be a good idea to reverse the minivan closer to the club so they could pack their gear.

“Not being familiar with the vehicle, he put it in first [gear], looked over his shoulder, put his foot flat on the pedal and went forwards, straight into the canal.”

The video clip picks up the action shortly afterwards, as the driver realises he needs to alight as quickly as possible.

His friends are briefly seen and heard in the background, unsure whether to rescue their buddy or double over with laughter.

The hapless driver scrambles out of his window and plops into the water. He scampers out of the canal as quickly as possible.

A Metro police van arrives and then it happens — the Vito starts to sink, slowly slipping beneath the water until only a small part of the roof is visible.

Hall said he called for a heavy recovery vehicle and had one of their scuba divers swim out to attach a line to the van.

The vehicle, worth about R400 000 brand new, was pulled out “without any damage to the marine life”, added Hall.

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