[imagesource: Cebelihle Mthethwa / News24]
In the wee hours of Friday morning, the City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue department received an emergency call that there had been an accident near the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).
The call came in at just after 2:30AM, and when a crew dispatched from Roeland Street arrived, they found a Mercedes-Benz convertible submerged in the canal.
That canal can be found at CTICC Entrance One.
It wasn’t long before videos and images started circulating on social media, and by the time the vehicle was hauled out of the water, a large crowd had gathered to watch.
Checking the plates. Hang on. Nope, not 2FAST4U.
Speaking to News24, Fire and Rescue spokesperson Jermaine Carelse had this to say:
“It is believed the driver had left the centre’s parking area, misjudged the bend and landed in the adjoining canal,” said Carelse.
He said firefighters rigged up a ladder and two personnel went down to make sure the motor vehicle was clear. Carelse said the car was empty and it was retrieved using a rescue crane.
That much is clear from the video below:
Yusuf Abramjee also shared this video:
— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) September 11, 2020
This video was shared by journalist Quinton Mtyala:
A man drove his Mercedes-Benz convertible into the canal at the Cape Town International Convention Centre this morning. He was subsequently arrested for drunk driving. pic.twitter.com/lHR7HGTja4
— Quinton Mtyala (@mtyala) September 11, 2020
Multiple outlets report that the driver was arrested for drunken driving.
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