Man hit by New Year’s dive starting gun

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An alderman from Oldenzaal in Twente got hit in the leg yesterday when a cannon went off near him. The third edition of the local New Year’s dive was to have been started by the alderman, Frits Rorink, firing the gun, but the device initially refused to go off. According to AD, swimmers had already taken to the water when the cannon fired after all.

Rorink was brought to a hospital where doctors diagnosed him with a broken fibula. His recovery is expected to take some time and multiple operations, according to Tubantia.

A 59-year-old man from Enschede was arrested on suspicion of a “possible connection” with the accident.

(Photo of the 2010 New Year’s dive of Scheveningen, in which so far no new models were discovered, by Alexander Fritze, some rights reserved.)

2 Comments »

  1. “An alderman from Oldenzaal in Twente got hit in the leg yesterday when an ecclesiastical law or code of laws established by a church council went off”? Didn’t you mean cannon :)

    Comment by Arnoud Engelfriet — January 3, 2010 @ 12:28 pm

  2. Ouch. Thanks. Fixed.

    Comment by Branko Collin — January 3, 2010 @ 1:07 pm

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