By Quintin van Jaarsveld
The Port Shepstone Bullslingers Club has been forced to cancel Saturday’s Tube Race due to safety concerns.
Low river conditions have forced the cancellation of the popular annual event for the first time in its 38-year history.
Ernst Meier, vice-president of the Port Shepstone Bullslingers, said cancelling the event was disappointing but stressed the safety of participants is their main priority.
“It’s with a heavy heart that we have to inform all participants that due to the level of water in the Umzimkulu River, the Tube Race has been deemed too dangerous by River Safety to continue.
“It’s not a decision we took lightly but the safety of the participants comes first,” said Meier.
“The river is just too low to present a safe Tube Race to the participants.
“We did the test run last Saturday and really hoped that the river conditions improved, but no luck, and with no significant rain predicted, we had to cancel the event.
“We will be refunding all entry fees and request banking details to be forwarded to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Meier added the Bullslingers are already planning for the 2016 Tube Race.