Vietnamese swimmers ferry passengers across flooded rivers in plastic bags

When remote areas of Vietnam are flooded out, entrepreneurial swimmers set up informal ferries in which passengers climb into sturdy plastic bags and are then swum across the river against the current. The Vietnamese explanation accompanying the video is beyond Google Translate, but I'd love it if anyone out there could help flesh this out, because it's pretty amazing. (via Kottke)

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  1. Three things
    1) Three thousand cheers for entrepreneurship
    2) That's an insane amount of trust the baggees are putting in the baggers, and at a charge. What's on other side must matter a great deal -- job, family, etc.
    3) I feel fortunate that I don't have to do that ever.

  2. Yep says:

    Mmmmmmno. That's just not my bag, baby.

  3. whenever ANYONE complains about ANYTHING? they should be shown this video, and told "dont wanna hear about your first world problems"

    Mommy always told me NOT to wrap myself in a plastic bag.

    I am so claustrophobic, I would freak out in the first 30 seconds of the swim

    doesn't this look like grocery store packaging for crocodiles?

    in conclusion? OMG OMG OMG

  4. That is amazing.

    I guess if it's safe enough for someone to swim across while hauling someone else in a bag, it would be safe for someone to swim in their clothes should the ferryman lose his grip on the bag. That is, the service being sold is not "getting across the river," it's "getting across the river in dry clothes."

  5. I was somewhat surprised they didn't sling a rope across at some point. Particularly when they haul the motorcycle across, that just seems like a natural case for simplifying the job of the people in the water - "You lot just hold the rope with one hand and the bike with the other, and keep your heads above water. We'll haul you across, don't worry about that."

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