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Kiwi tourist injured after Venice jump

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 15/08/2016

Venice's mayor has threatened to jail badly behaved tourists after a New Zealander jumped off the city's Rialto Bridge, landing on a water taxi.

The 49-year-old, who reportedly lives in St Tropez on the Cote d'Azur and works on a yacht, was taken to hospital with serious injuries including fractures after the incident on Friday night, London's Telegraph has reported.

The man, who is in a serious but stable condition, was reportedly drunk when he jumped from the bridge, which spans the Grand Canal.

The water taxi driver was also injured while the boat suffered damage.

Mayor Luigi Brugnaro took to Twitter to call out the bad behaviour.

"I insist on (introducing) special powers to the city to uphold public order. Pickpockets, vandals, drugs! A night in the cells," he said.

There is a strict ban on swimming in Venice's canals.

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