Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/01/17/flotation_blow_up_doll_river_rescue/

Oz pair in blow-up sex doll whitewater ride

'Not recognised flotation devices', police warn

By Lester Haines

Posted in Bootnotes, 17th January 2011 13:19 GMT

Police Down Under are less than impressed with a couple of jokers who decided it would be a wizard wheeze to ride inflatable sex dolls down a swollen Yarra River, prompting emergency service intervention to haul them from the torrent.

The male and female joyriders, both 19, mounted their blow-up transportation in the Melbourne suburb of Warrandyte North yesterday, The Age explains.

The woman's rubbery companion quickly gave her the slip, and she "clung to a floating tree, calling for help while the man stayed with her".

Mercifully, a kayaker was on hand to provide the pair with lifejackets, while a passerby called in the professionals. Cops and State Emergency Service operatives "hauled the water-logged thrill-seekers to safety".

Unsurprisingly, "with Queensland in the grip of a deadly emergency and 50 rescues from flood waters around Victoria in the past week", police were a bit ticked off at such reckless behaviour.

Senior Constable Wayne Wilson said: "We've got people busy with rescues and to have to divert resources to that sort of thing is not ideal.

"Most rescue organisations would frown on people behaving in such a manner because there are people out there who are in genuine need of assistance."

To stress that while inflatable sex dolls have their uses, navigating Oz waterways isn't one of them, the powers that be warned latex ladies are "not recognised flotation devices". ®

Bootnote

Thanks to Nigel Burton for the tip-off.