Five UBC engineering students arrested in Second Narrows Bridge stunt

Five engineering students from the University of British Columbia have been released after they were arrested early this morning (February 2) while allegedly trying to hang a Volkswagen Beetle off the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing.

“Officers found the students attempting to lower part of a Volkswagen over the edge of the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge,” Vancouver police Constable Lindsey Houghton said in statement issued this morning. “At some point, the rope or cabling they were using failed and the vehicle plunged into the Burrard Inlet.”

No charges have been laid, though police are recommending charges of mischief over $5,000.

According to police, no one was injured. The students were released on appearance notices.

This stunt continues a tradition which sees a group of UBC engineering students attempt a similar prank each year.

In February 2001, UBC students suspended a Beetle from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.

Other past targets include the Capilano Suspension Bridge and the Lions’ Gate Bridge.