Holy Ship! Boat Runs Aground in Bahamas, Drinkers Mostly Unfazed
|Photo by Ian Witlen|
|Five tugboats work to pull the Holy Ship! out of some holy shit in the Bahamas on Saturday.|
New Times photographer Ian Witlen says the commotion started at about 7 a.m. on Saturday when the boat was scheduled to dock at Port Lucaya in the Bahamas. "I was fast asleep," he says. "When it happened, it was like 'boom!' A huge bang. Grinding and rattling and everything started shaking. I had a half plate of food on my side table that flew off onto the floor. I heard the people in the room next to me freaking out and screaming, 'Oh my god, we're going down, where's the life vests? We're gonna die!'"
What followed was a day-long ordeal of dislodging the massive vessel from the land, which required five tugboats and took until almost 10 p.m. Not exactly what the folks planning to attend Steve Aoki's afternoon poker tournament had in mind, but aside from a few delays, all of the Saturday events still occurred, according to Witlen.
Some footage of the MSC Poesia getting pulled by the tugboats has popped up online, and complete with some smug, procedural commentary by a diver. "The water's about 15 feet deep here -- the ship needs 26," he informs us. "Almost like a porn shot, we know exactly what this ship did to our reef, and our livelihoods."
"The entire time the tugboats were pulling and the ship's engine was running in reverse, it was a constant rattling and shaking of the boat," Witlen says. "Trying to eat dinner while your water glass is swaying side-to-side and the chandelier shaking is uncomfortable."
But again, this was a party cruise, and the incident became a bit of a running joke throughout the rest of the trip. According to Witlen, "If anything, it improved drink sales."
More on Holy Ship! here, and we'll have more updates throughout the week.
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