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Yacht Launch Mishap

Outline
Circulating message features photographs depicting a luxury yacht slipping from its delivery slings and plunging front first into the water while two yacht company representatives cling on for dear life.



Brief Analysis
The photographs are genuine and depict a real event. The accident took place at Dubai's Port Jebel Ali in March 2007 as the yacht was being off-loaded for delivery to its new owner. The boat sank after hitting the water. The crewmen were saved, although one was injured. The yacht, a Carver, was insured and was reportedly later replaced with another Carver yacht. Pricing details contained in this version of the message are inaccurate.

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Last updated: July 23, 2012
First published: July 23, 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Example

Subject: YACHT MISHAP

YACHT DELIVERY

85 foot custom-built motor yacht complete with 4 state rooms,
a state-of-the-art galley, GPS System and radar for navigation,
twin supercharged diesel engines, etc.

$7,474,793.00

***********************************************************

Yacht Mishap 1

Champagne, chocolate covered strawberries with cream and
music dockside for the excited 'soon to be owner' and a small
group of his friends.

$1500.00

Two corporate representatives, crane, and rigging
$2,500..00 a hour minimum...
a faulty turnbuckle...
$25.00
YAcht Mishap 2

(Note the owner in the stern/back of the yacht)

Watching your 7 million dollar dreamboat nose dive into the
harbour, accompanied by two corporate representatives from the company
that built it just prior to 'inking' the final paperwork and
handing over a 7 million dollar bankers check
Yacht Mishap 3

PRICELESS!
So, how was your day?




Detailed Analysis
These rather compelling images depicting an unfortunate incident in which a brand new luxury yacht meets its watery demise while being off-loaded have now been circulating via email and social media posts for several years. As seems to be now the norm with any unusual or interesting pictures that circulate online, a number of self-proclaimed experts have declared the yacht accident pictures to be "photoshopped".

However, the images are in fact genuine and depict a real mishap that took place in Port Jebel Ali, Dubai in March 2007. Soon after the accident occurred, the images began circulating online, generating a great deal of discussion and interest. Boating website Mad Mariner came across the images and conducted further investigation into their origin, noting in a November 2007 article:

Curious about the story behind the photos – and what happened to that boat – Mad Mariner did a little digging. The search led us to Carver Yachts, where spokesman Dick Nocenti verified that the photos are real and provided details about the accident.

This picture sparked an Internet frenzy as readers speculated whether it was legitimate. It is shown here in its original state. The image on Mad Mariner's home page was color enhanced to improve visibility.

The brand-new 55-foot Carver Marquis – baseline price $1.2 million, and closer to $2 million out the door – was being off-loaded for delivery to its new owner in Dubai's Port Jbel Ali on March 7, Nocenti said. An insurance representative was on hand snapping pictures and two Carver representatives were aboard, ready to ferry the boat to its owner as soon as it hit the water.

The vessel plunged into the water after it slipped from its rear delivery strap "due to wind and water action". The boat nosedived, hitting the bottom and crushing the front end before finally capsizing and sinking. The hapless crewmen could do nothing but plunge down with the stricken vessel. They were pulled safely from the water, although one of the men sustained a broken collar bone. The photograph shows one man in the rear of the boat while the arm of the second man can be seen a little to the front of him.

Not surprisingly, the yacht was a total loss. It was later raised from the water and taken away by the insurance company. The owner, who was not identified by the Carver spokesman, reportedly bought another Carver yacht as soon as the insurance claim was settled.

Some details in this version of the message are inaccurate. According to the Mad Mariner article and other sources, the base price tag of the yacht was around 1.2 million dollars, not 7 million dollars as claimed in the message. And, the man in the back of the yacht is not its new owner, but a Carver crewman.

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References
The Story of the Falling Boat Photos
Carver yacht
The Million Dollar Yacht Accident






Last updated: July 23, 2012
First published: July 23, 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer