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Crews in Winnipeg hunt for rubber ducks after mishap during fundraising race

Ducks float on the Assiniboine during Great Manitoba Duck Race on Saturday Sept. 7, 2013. City crews in Winnipeg are continuing to capture thousands of rubber ducks that slipped past a containment boom during a weekend fundraising race. (Image: The Canadian Press/HO, Assiniboine Park Conservancy)

Ducks float on the Assiniboine during Great Manitoba Duck Race on Saturday Sept. 7, 2013. City crews in Winnipeg are continuing to capture thousands of rubber ducks that slipped past a containment boom during a weekend fundraising race. (Image: The Canadian Press/HO, Assiniboine Park Conservancy)


The Canadian Press

Sunday, September 8, 2013, 8:35 PM -

City crews in Winnipeg are continuing to capture thousands of rubber ducks that slipped past a containment boom during a weekend fundraising race. 

The Assiniboine Park Conservancy says over 13,000 rubber ducks were dropped from a crane into the Assiniboine River on Saturday for The Great Manitoba Duck Race. 

The race was meant to raise money for the conservancy as well as the Assiniboine Park Zoo. 

But at the end of the race, the conservancy says the oil booms used to capture the ducks failed. 

It says a significant portion of the ducks went through the barrier and downstream. 

The conservancy says in a news release that Manitoba Conservation has been informed of the incident, and that officials responded that the ducks don't pose an environmental threat.

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