Monday, August 15, 2016
Kiwi in trouble over ‘drunken’ stunt in Venice
A DRUNK Kiwi has landed in hot water in Venice after performing a spectacular stunt off the city’s most famous bridge. The tourist from New Zealand, 49, was reportedly drunk when he jumped from the Rialto Bridge over the weekend.
But instead of plunging into the water of Venice’s Great Canal, the man managed to land on top of a water taxi passing underneath, badly damaging it and injuring himself and the boat’s driver. The force of the impact smashed the boat’s windshield and caused shattered glass to scatter everywhere.
The man was taken to a local hospital to be treated for fractures and “severe trauma” and police said he was in a serious but stable condition. The man, who is usually based in St Tropez on the Cote d’Azur and in Venice for a holiday, is likely to be charged with endangering public transport.
The incident has seriously ticked off the mayor of Venice, who is now threatening misbehaving tourists with a night in prison"