Beachgoers were met with a huge surprise on Saturday in Copacabana. Locals and tourists arriving at the shore found a huge blue Olympic swimming platform washed up on the sand right where dozens of people swim every day.
"Yeah, it's clearly a bit dangerous to smash up right there. That's why they put up those little guard rails and tape," says Roberta Tostes, whose mother runs a beach business in front of the ocean and was kind enough to let the L.A. Times use her phone to snap the scene (since your correspondent had intended to take a dip right there).
A small group of men in Rio 2016 gear milling about at the scene said the powerful ocean had snapped the cable and someone should be around to get it sometime. Workers at the Tostes family business, which sells coconuts and drinks on the sand, said the structure was there when they arrived at 7 a.m. As of 2:30 p.m. Rio time, it remained beached in front of them, with locals ignoring it. A few meters to each side of the platform, children swam in the waves.