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This Exists: Your Newest Viral Video IsA Cruise Ship In Distress
Mediaite.com ^ | 09/07/2010 | Glenn Davis

Posted on 09/07/2010 6:26:47 PM PDT by OldDeckHand

Two years ago, the Pacific Sun, a cruise ship out of Australia, hit rough waters, and dozens were injured in the process. The ship’s troubles were serious enough that some wondered how safe we are traveling by sea in general, but for the most part that was the end of it. Until this week.

Because this week, the internet came in, as two videos surfaced demonstrating just how bad the Pacific Sun’s situation was – bad enough that mainstream media started taking notice. From Postmedia News, via the Montreal Gazette:

In one video, passengers and crew are sent careening violently across the room like dolls, along with chairs, tables and anything else not nailed down. One woman can be seen hitting a pillar.

In a second video below deck, a forklift and other heavy equipment is shown tossed around like toys.

(Excerpt) Read more at mediaite.com ...


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KEYWORDS: cruise; distress; ocean; ship
What a video. It's amazing no one was killed.
1 posted on 09/07/2010 6:26:51 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: OldDeckHand

Unreal and very scary!!!


2 posted on 09/07/2010 6:32:13 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead (Take back our country on November 2, 2010.)
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To: OldDeckHand

It might exist but not there at the link.


3 posted on 09/07/2010 6:32:30 PM PDT by DefeatCorruption
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To: OldDeckHand

Hey, ODH.
Why the HECK don’t they have lugs built into the floor at certain intervals (and, of course, off of main walkways) to grab and stop things from sliding around?

It’s amazing that forklift didn’t crash through the side of the ship!!


4 posted on 09/07/2010 6:34:31 PM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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To: OldDeckHand

Man. I don’t care if it is a 70,000 ton cruise ship. That stuff in the second video should have all been stowed correctly. That is piss poor. I understand not having all the customer areas tied down, but there is no reason whatsoever to not secure that stuff below decks in some fashion.


5 posted on 09/07/2010 6:34:53 PM PDT by rlmorel (The New Oval office: If all you see is brown, you should probably pull your head out.)
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To: DefeatCorruption
"It might exist but not there at the link."

It's there. What browser are you using? Maybe it's ad-blocking software. In any event, the video is immediately after the last line in the story which reads...

All we can say is: after watching it, we see why, according to the Postmedia News report, some involved might have needed counseling.

6 posted on 09/07/2010 6:35:39 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: OldDeckHand

Yikes! At first it seems just silly, but once the big pieces of furniture, and heavy machinery below decks, start sliding around it gets downright scary.


7 posted on 09/07/2010 6:36:22 PM PDT by Kharis13 (That noise you hear is our Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.)
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To: DefeatCorruption

Scroll down the page.


8 posted on 09/07/2010 6:37:12 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

Ships have been lost...you are correct. In heavy seas, all it would take is that forklift going through the side near or below the waterline, then there is a real problem.

Being on the ocean is like flying, if all goes according to plan, it is wonderful. But if you get behind the eight-ball, an inconvenience can rapidly turn into a life threatening situation.

Like that forklift.


9 posted on 09/07/2010 6:37:27 PM PDT by rlmorel (The New Oval office: If all you see is brown, you should probably pull your head out.)
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To: OldDeckHand

Looks like the lady who got slammed into the pillar was knocked out.


10 posted on 09/07/2010 6:37:42 PM PDT by dforest
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe
"Why the HECK don’t they have lugs built into the floor at certain intervals (and, of course, off of main walkways) to grab and stop things from sliding around?"

I don't know. I can imagine why it's like that in the stores compartment - to give the fork access to the entire deck, but it's a little surprising that passenger deck furniture isn't secured, at least the tables.

It looks like some of the racks tipped over, which should also be a no-no. It's easy to understand why they kept a lid on this footage for over two years.

11 posted on 09/07/2010 6:38:34 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: OldDeckHand

It looked like fun!


12 posted on 09/07/2010 6:39:37 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: OldDeckHand

The guy in the 2nd part of the video who turned around and went back the way he came made a very wise decision!


13 posted on 09/07/2010 6:44:25 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the next one...)
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To: OldDeckHand

Can’t believe there was no footage of anyone barfing.


14 posted on 09/07/2010 6:47:26 PM PDT by surroundedbyblue
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To: DefeatCorruption

This may be it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vuq7iA-qRZw


15 posted on 09/07/2010 6:48:52 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both.)
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To: DefeatCorruption
Try this. It's a link to a different site, same video....

http://communities.canada.com/VANCOUVERSUN/blogs/geekingout/archive/2010/09/07/when-cruise-holidays-go-horribly-wrong.aspx

16 posted on 09/07/2010 6:49:32 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: rlmorel; OldDeckHand

...in the old British fleet the penalty was death for a seaman that allowed a cannon to get loose.


17 posted on 09/07/2010 6:49:38 PM PDT by STONEWALLS
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Interesting to read the book “Halsey’s Typhoon” where they talked about the planes breaking loose on the USS Monterey...one broke loose, crashed into another one, breaking that one loose. Then the two of them smashed into more, shredding and breaking them loose, all to huge showers of sparks which eventually ignited the avgas vapors (fuel had all been drained from the planes) and turned the entire ship into a floating conflagration from stem to stern.

A passing ship was heard to say something like “Well, there goes the Monterey...” and the approval from the fleet commander was given to abandon ship.

The Captain thought the ship might be saved, and asked for volunteers. Leading one of those damage control parties into that flaming hangar bay was none other than Lt. Gerald Ford.

He told a story about trying to go up to the bridge, and when he got on the flight deck, a wave washed him down towards the port side of the ship which was heeling at something like a 45 degree angle. As he shot down the flight deck like a toboggan washed along by tons of green water, he thought for sure he was going into the drink, he couldn’t grab anything he was going so fast.

Fortunately, there is a metal lip, nearly three inches high all around the perimeter of the flight deck. when he hit that with his feet, he managed to pivot and grab it, somehow saving himself from going overboard to near certain death.

Pretty amazing.


18 posted on 09/07/2010 6:50:32 PM PDT by rlmorel (The New Oval office: If all you see is brown, you should probably pull your head out.)
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To: STONEWALLS

For good reason, too. Man, the thought of one of those things crashing around in that tight space is enough to make your sphincter tighten up.


19 posted on 09/07/2010 6:54:22 PM PDT by rlmorel (The New Oval office: If all you see is brown, you should probably pull your head out.)
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To: rabidralph

Scroll down the page.
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Worked for me this time. Thanks. Won’t be doing cruise ships for a while! Scary stuff.


20 posted on 09/07/2010 6:55:44 PM PDT by DefeatCorruption
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To: rlmorel
"Interesting to read the book “Halsey’s Typhoon” where they talked about the planes breaking loose on the USS Monterey...one broke loose, crashed into another one, breaking that one loose. "

My grandfather was on the Cabot during Typhoon Cobra. He had some great stories.

Some 40-years later, I loaded my own family aboard the Lincoln in when Subic Bay was evacuated because of the looming Volcano. They were partially clipped by a typhoon on the way out, and in those very same waters. But, it was NOTHING like Cobra - just a bad squall, really.

21 posted on 09/07/2010 6:57:02 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: OldDeckHand

I used to live in Subic Bay...:)

Did you have to evacuate because of Pinatubo? That must have been damned scary.


22 posted on 09/07/2010 7:07:52 PM PDT by rlmorel (The New Oval office: If all you see is brown, you should probably pull your head out.)
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"Did you have to evacuate because of Pinatubo? That must have been damned scary."

Yes. They completely evacuated Clark, and evacuated all non-essentials from Subic. The first day it erupted it wasn't any big deal. Just a huge cloud. Then about 16 hours later, the big eruption happened at a time when a typhoon was coincidentally striking the islands. What a mess. At high noon, the sun was completely obscured as to create a darkness that only happens during a new moon - if the new moon also extinguished the stars too. That, coupled with the 100mph winds, the falling ash (which is really more like beach sand) and the earthquakes, made for a memorable 12 hours.

If you were familiar with Subic and Cubi, the O-Club at Subic was completely destroyed. Many of the buildings at the Marine Base - forget it's name - were destroyed except for the Quonset huts, which were unscathed. And, the O-Club at Cubi, with 60 years worth of memorabilia - all those model ships and planes - were destroyed because the roofs collapsed under the weight of the ash and water. The funny part - actually there was nothing funny about it, many Filipinos lost their lives - was that they Philippine government was negotiating with the US on extending the lease of Clark. They were playing hardball. After Clark was destroyed - and it was destroyed - the US said, "No thanks, you keep it". It was sad, considering the history of those two bases.

23 posted on 09/07/2010 7:22:43 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: DefeatCorruption

I cruised the inside passage to Alaska twice for that very reason. Never outside of seeing land....the thought of any other cruise makes me ill....not a good swimmer...


24 posted on 09/07/2010 7:32:45 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: goat granny

I cruised the inside passage to Alaska twice for that very reason. Never outside of seeing land....the thought of any other cruise makes me ill....not a good swimmer...
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I can swim, but not in those conditions. I used to sail a lot, but after being in a storm I realized how much I love staying on terra firma (or however you spell it)i.e., ground!


25 posted on 09/07/2010 7:57:32 PM PDT by DefeatCorruption
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

It is amazing how not secured everything is on that ship. It’s as if the crew and captain have never been to sea before.


26 posted on 09/07/2010 7:59:21 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: rabidralph

When I was 7 I rode with my parents on a converted-to-civilian-use wartime army transport across the Atlantic. I remember rocking and rolling like that but nothing moved. Everything was secured- bolted to the deck, tied down.


27 posted on 09/07/2010 8:02:41 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: DefeatCorruption

I rode a an old Mobile fishing schooner on, I think, the last sailing trip on the Gulf of Mexico in 1963, through those seas. It jumped up and down pretty bad and those of us who had to be on deck stayed tied to cleats and masts and stuff. The safety rails were no good because the wood they were fastened to was soft.


28 posted on 09/07/2010 8:09:00 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: DefeatCorruption

The inside passage gave me a false sense of security...:O)


29 posted on 09/07/2010 8:12:34 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: OldDeckHand
I rode out Hurricane David off of Charleston in 1979 on a frigate.

I would much rather have been on something the size of that cruise ship.

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30 posted on 09/07/2010 8:36:46 PM PDT by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: OldDeckHand

Gear drift.


31 posted on 09/08/2010 12:58:38 AM PDT by Roccus (......and then there were none.)
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