WATCH: Venice mayor furious as two waterski down Grand Canal

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WATCH: Venice mayor furious as two waterski down Grand Canal
The Grand Canal in Venice was the scene of the latest episode of visitors behaving badly with a jet-ski ride on Wednesday. File photo: Marco BERTORELLO / AFP

Visitors and local residents watched in amazement as two people waterskied between boats along the Grand Canal in Venice on Wednesday.


The mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro, reacted angrily after video footage of the two waterskiers weaving alongside gondolas and vaporetti was widely shared on social media.

He called the pair "arrogant imbeciles" and offered to "buy dinner" for anyone who could identify them.


"Here are two arrogant imbeciles making a mockery of the city," Brugnaro said in a tweet resharing one of the videos.

"I ask everyone to help us to identify them to punish them," he said, calling for mayors to be given "more powers" to ensure "public safety".

"I'll offer a dinner to the person who identifies them," he added.

"Dumb and dumber," commented one Venice resident on Twitter, while another user said: "Venice is not a playground".

City police were reportedly investigating on Wednesday afternoon.

Venice police regularly hand out large fines and even ban people from the city centre under numerous rules on 'decorum', introduced following countless episodes of visitors causing damage or upsetting residents.


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