Ducks away! The 3,500 plastic yellow ducks are dropped into the Skeena River to begin their race downstream to the finish line.

Update: Wild Duck Race brings in more than $25,000 for Rotary

Three people win prizes but Rotary are the big winners with money raised going to community projects

Rotary raised about $27,000 in its annual Wild Duck Race Aug. 7.

Two Terrace residents and a Prince Rupert resident won the prizes: Gord Shaben won the $25,000 cash prize, Diane Daschuk of Prince Rupert won the $1,000 gift card to Home Hardware and Scott Northridge won the $500 gift card to Canadian Tire.

Ducks were dropped from a helicopter north of the new bridges into the Skeena River at 11 a.m. last Sunday and seven boats of duck wranglers waited with nets at the finish line to capture the winners and keep the rest from floating away down the river.

The money raised will go to community projects.

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A couple of ducks lead the pack close to the finish line, which is the horizontal line with flags on it hanging above the river.

Duck wranglers get their nets ready to catch the three winners.

Duck wranglers haul in the quackers before they float away down the river. From left, Renee Aird in the green hat, Sarah, Rachel and Danny Aird.

Lifting the ducks into the boat by the net-full. From left, Darcy McKeown; Linda McMynn; Sarah, Rachel and Danny Aird. Renee Aird is in back wearing the green hat.

All nets on deck to catch the yellow ducks for next year’s race.

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