They say there’s a downturn. They say there’s no spare money around. Well, on Portobello beach there’s cash to splash, as the suddenly popular video above shows.
It’s not clear quite which “jetski dudes” had the bright idea of parking their nice shiny 4×4 on the wrong side of the high-water mark, but there must surely be cheaper car-valet options in town.
It’s great the way that the footage starts with the jetskiers running out into the sea (shades of Chariots of Fire) towards a dark amorphous shape that could, for those first few seconds, be anything – Jaws, the Firth of Forth version of Nessie, a lost Trident sub – before the camera zooms in and it turns into £15k’s worth of half-submerged pickup.
The whole film is great, but the best bits are at the end. With some assistance from a winch, the jetski dudes shove the damn thing back ashore to a polite round of applause from the assembled watchers – very Portobello, that. Then the cameraman says “What a bunch of fannies.” Indeed. Who needs Last of the Summer Wine when you can have real-life stuff like this?
And what is it with the Lothians and underwater vehicles? Seven months ago it was this more downmarket version.