In the drink after ducking ducklings

A man whose Jeep ended up in the Otago Harbour this morning says the accident happened because he swerved to avoid ducklings.

Iain Sweetman said he emergency braked while travelling around a blind corner on Portobello Rd so he did not hit the birds.

The rear of the Jeep locked and the vehicle spun out and rolled over a bank into the water, Mr Sweetman said.

A police spokeswoman said they were called to the incident about 9.10am.

Mr Sweetman, who got out of the vehicle on his own, was assessed by St John ambulance staff at the scene.

The Jeep crashed in to Otago Harbour just after 9am today. Photo: Gregor Richardson
The Jeep crashed in to Otago Harbour just after 9am today. Photo: Gregor Richardson

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