Police have hit out at one man who put his life on the line for a cheap thrill in flood waters today.
While most us were huddling indoors to try and avoid today’s deluge of rain, one person took to Ballarat’s torrent waterways in a daring act.
Equipped with nothing but an inflatable air mattress, the daredevil tested out his sea legs along what appears to be the Yarrowee River.
Wearing a pair of boardshoots, shoes and a hoody, the man took to the water in search of some thrills.
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And while the activity is not illegal as such, police strongly advise against it.
Ballarat Police Acting Inspector Neil Robinson strongly warned against such behaviour.
“You don’t know what’s underneath the water or how quickly the situation can change,” he said.
“We wouldn’t encourage anybody engaging in these activities.”
The State Emergency Service also strongly advises against going anywhere near floodwaters.
A warning on its website says:
“Never enter or travel through floodwater. This includes walking, driving, riding and playing in floodwater,” it reads.
“Entering floodwater is the leading cause of death during floods.”
* The Couriercommunicated withthe person who filmed the video, but they did not wish to be identified, nor did the man in the video.