Did you hear the one about the three Englishman, a Scotsman and a Yankee in the boat? Of course not, because I’m about to tell you about it. Reminiscent of a Seinfeld episode, you just can’t make stories like this up. Evidently, put a few tourists together in a couple of dinghies and you don’t know what you’ll get out of it.
The New Zealand Herald reports about the incident that is anything but normal. The young men found a couple unlocked dinghies on Lake Wanaka in New Zealand, with plans of doing a little boating and fishing. Sounds harmless, right? The problem was that they went on the lake without life jackets and with their own homemade oars in the form of a tennis racquet, a couple tennis bats screwed onto polyurethane pipes and a coal shovel. The chilly, choppy waters and wind gusts certainly didn’t help.
As you can imagine, the wayward travelers didn’t get very far. The five tourists, who left from the Wanaka Marina, made landfall at nearby Edgewater Resort. As the New Zealand Herald states, the tourists had an audience upon their arrival, local authorities, who let them off with a stern warning and a small fine.
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