Man Mistakes Sea Surface for Road and Drives into Harbor

A man drove over the edge of a wharf at the Port of Keelung last night, after being dazzled by lights reflecting on the water, and thinking the surface of the water was a road.

Shortly after 8:00pm, 70 year-old Mr Su drove onto the wharf to start his shift as a night guard when he became disoriented by lights reflecting on the water, and turned left too soon. Officers on a coast guard vessel were shocked to see Su’s car plunge into the water just off the bow of their ship.

Mr Su, who had trained as a navy frogman in his youth, calmly opened the door and exited the vehicle before it sank. The coast guard officers threw a life-ring and pulled Mr Su to shore.

Su refused to get into an ambulance called to the scene, and accompanied harbor police back to the police station to make a report. An alcohol breath test showed that Mr Su had not been drink driving.

a car is lifted out of the water at Keelung Port
Mr Su’s car was lifted out of the harbor at around 10:30pm. Picture: Keelung Coast Guard.
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