"1 car a week ....... is swimming" Amsterdam Local Custom Tip by tompt
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Along the canals you will see these low fences. They were built in the early 1960's. It costed the city 100 dutch guilders (= 45 Euro)a meter, which was a lot of money that time.
They are put here to prevent parking cars from falling over the edge. But it doesn't work very good, because an average of 1 car a week is going for a swim.
Once i witnessed such an accident. I was working at the Keizersgracht at that time approx 20 years ago. Looking through the window from the third floor we saw a woman driving forward instead of backward. As she and her car were in the water people gathered to watch it. Nobody jumped after her although she was shouting she could not swim. The firebrigade came just in time and rescued her seconds before the car went to the bottom. This accident didn't make me go to swimming lessons, but it made me more carefull...... (Gonnie)
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