Quack quack the rubber duckie is back
RUBBER ducks have featured as a classic bath toy for decades, but one swimming team in Australia took their love for the duck a step further and made a giant one suitable for the sea. Perhaps it’s a little too seaworthy.
Disaster struck at a recent swimming competition as the giant duck, adorably named Daphne, drifted out to sea as fast easterly winds picked up before an annual swimming competition.
The giant inflatable duck belongs to the Cockburn Masters Swimming Club who are based in Perth, Western Australia.
As the team was preparing to start the Jetty to Jetty swim competition Daphne, who is worth around US$900, floated away. According to The New York Times, Peter Marr, the club’s president, attempted to catch the escaping duck but wasn’t able to grab it in time.
Daphne disappeared completely after 50 meters, Marr told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
After realizing that Daphne could be just about anywhere in the expansive Indian Ocean, the club appealed for help via Facebook with a reward poster asking good Samaritans to “Help us try and find our beloved Daphne…” The rewards on offer were free swimming passes and event merchandise.
The giant rubber duckie mascot story made headlines around the world over the last week, which undoubtedly helped in her safe return.
She was eventually found by a fisherman about 40 kilometers out at sea off the coast of Perth, near Rottnest Island.
Tony Gibb, Daphne’s savior, was described by Marr as a “reasonable bloke”.
At first, Gibb the fisherman was unsure of who Daphne belonged to and even posted a ransom for her safe return. But after the club contacted him he was happy to return her to her rightful home.
“Daphne has brought more to the event than I ever thought she could,” Marr said of the swimming competition.
Let’s hope next year she stays put and performs her duties as club mascot.
This rubber duckie’s adventures are over for now.
Source: Travels travelwireasia.com