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'I was Drunk': Passenger Drops Anchor of Moving Cruise Ship in the Middle of the Caribbean
Daily Mail (UK) ^ | December 1, 2010

Posted on 12/01/2010 4:33:12 PM PST by Cecily

A drunk cruise ship passenger has been arrested after dropping the anchor on a moving liner. Rick Ehlert, 44, went into a restricted area, put on work gloves and released the anchor of the 1,260-passenger ship in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico, said the FBI. For good measure he also threw a life buoy overboard as the liner made its way from Costa Maya on the Caribbean coast of Mexico to Tampa, Florida. The sailing enthusiast is now in custody and faces charges of attempting to damage a vessel and endangering a ship's safe navigation. If found guilty he could have to pay a $250,000 (£160,000) fine and be imprisoned for up to 20 years.

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I guess he's lucky his inebriated state didn't inspire him to do a cannonball dive into the ocean.
1 posted on 12/01/2010 4:33:14 PM PST by Cecily
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To: Cecily

Ah yes....it will be a cruise to remember.


2 posted on 12/01/2010 4:34:42 PM PST by RC2
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To: Cecily

He sounds like more of a booze enthusiast than a sailing enthusiast.


3 posted on 12/01/2010 4:36:25 PM PST by rogue yam
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To: Cecily
Photo from boating enthusiasts last vacation.


4 posted on 12/01/2010 4:36:54 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Cecily

Well, that can’t be good for the windlass. I wonder how much it costs to replace one of the size found on a cruise ship.


5 posted on 12/01/2010 4:37:43 PM PST by OldDeckHand
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To: Cecily

And how can this not be considered anything other than willful intent to do damage to a vessel, and endanger the lives of both crew and passengers?

20 years is a good start. I’d say hit him with both the $250,000 fine and 20 years. Forced prison gay sex can be very instructional - that will teach him the error of his ways in a language even he can understand.


6 posted on 12/01/2010 4:38:50 PM PST by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: Cecily

And how can this not be considered anything other than willful intent to do damage to a vessel, and endanger the lives of both crew and passengers?

20 years is a good start. I’d say hit him with both the $250,000 fine and 20 years. Forced prison gay sex can be very instructional - that will teach him the error of his ways in a language even he can understand.


7 posted on 12/01/2010 4:39:05 PM PST by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: Hodar

I’d kick that guy’s ass just for having the captain order me on deck.


8 posted on 12/01/2010 4:39:54 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Hodar

What an appalling and evil proposition. Do you also torture animals in your spare time?


9 posted on 12/01/2010 4:40:29 PM PST by rahbert
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To: Cecily

Son, dropping anchors in drunken stupors is no way to go through life.


10 posted on 12/01/2010 4:41:14 PM PST by businessprofessor
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To: Hodar
And how can this not be considered anything other than willful intent to do damage to a vessel, and endanger the lives of both crew and passengers?

20 years is a good start. I’d say hit him with both the $250,000 fine and 20 years. Forced prison gay sex can be very instructional - that will teach him the error of his ways in a language even he can understand.

Oh shut up, you moran.

11 posted on 12/01/2010 4:44:49 PM PST by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on its own.)
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To: rogue yam

Why would a sailing enthusiast go on a cruise ship? Would he just sail there?


12 posted on 12/01/2010 4:45:17 PM PST by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: Hodar

Are you serious?


13 posted on 12/01/2010 4:46:30 PM PST by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: Cecily

Hey Bubba,,, Hold my beer ‘n watch this!


14 posted on 12/01/2010 4:47:10 PM PST by Tagurit (Are your pigs fed, watered and ready to fly?)
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To: Cecily

For some reason, I’m reminded of the cruise-line commercial where the spokesman’s up on the bridge, sounding the whistle (too much), and the captain finally gets tired of it and orders him “Get out.”

Son, when the booze starts leading you into a potential 20 and 250 federal sentence...you have a drinking problem.


15 posted on 12/01/2010 4:48:07 PM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: rogue yam
He sounds like more of a booze enthusiast than a sailing enthusiast.

You make it sound like the two are mutually exclusive...

16 posted on 12/01/2010 4:49:31 PM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Cecily
Hey, it happens.

Poor dude was drunk.

17 posted on 12/01/2010 4:49:31 PM PST by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: Cecily

That’s why no one invites him to parties. He’s such an anchor.


18 posted on 12/01/2010 4:51:07 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: rahbert

I’m evil?

A ship is under way (cruise ships travel at ~20 knots) - and this man, with intentional intent of injuring or possibly killing every other passenger - intentionally and with knowledge drops the anchor, for nothing more than a ‘kick’? When you drop an anchor of a ship with a displacment in the neighborhood of 70,000 tons, moving at ~20 knots - what do you suppose happens? Do you suppose someone might get hurt? Do you suppose you might tear the hull and flood some compartments? Do you suppose someone might be tossed overboard - there are A LOT of people on the upper decks. Do you suppose someone might take a header off the Atrium?

Perhaps you don’t care for your life, or the live’s of others. I care more about the welfare of the squirrel in my neighbor’s oak tree far more than I care about this idiot. You see, my neighbor’s squirrel has no desire to cause me or my family harm. This idiot, intentionally attempted to cause harm to over a thousand people - for a thrill.

If it were permissible to boil him in oil, soak him in acid ... you bet I’d do it. Personally, if I had my way - I’t take the ship out about 20 miles and toss him over board - after I chummed the waters.

If you want to coddle your drunk drivers, gang bangers, terrorists and people who willfully endanger the lives and welfare of the public at large - I submit that you are the pervert.


19 posted on 12/01/2010 4:53:23 PM PST by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Looks like a Calif delta levee that Fountain is perched on


20 posted on 12/01/2010 4:53:30 PM PST by clamper1797 (Pray for Obama ... Psalms 109:8)
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To: Cecily
I guess he's lucky his inebriated state didn't inspire him to do a cannonball dive into the ocean.

Well, that would have been cheaper, and more of a public service...

Just saying.

21 posted on 12/01/2010 4:54:05 PM PST by Publius6961 ("In 1964 the War on Poverty Began --- Poverty won.")
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To: businessprofessor

Face it...you threw up ON the Captain...


22 posted on 12/01/2010 4:55:13 PM PST by The_Sword_of_Groo (<=== Proudly resides in occupied Georgia)
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To: Talisker
Uh, that'd be moron.
23 posted on 12/01/2010 4:55:22 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth
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To: SIDENET

“Poor dude was drunk. “
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Drunk on a cruise?!?!? You can’t be serious.

I took an executive, work cruise in the early 1990’s and it was non-stop drinking from morning till night- and that was with the bosses on board, in a work related environment.

This guys an ass, but with as much alcohol as there is on the typical cruise, I’m surprised there aren’t more tragedies!!


24 posted on 12/01/2010 4:57:02 PM PST by Little Pharma
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To: Cecily
"Children, this is why we can't take your dad anywhere."
25 posted on 12/01/2010 4:57:37 PM PST by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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What an appalling and evil proposition. Do you also torture animals in your spare time?

The law and order and any cost Freepers are very amusing, in their applications of what they perceive as "justice".

26 posted on 12/01/2010 4:58:44 PM PST by The Magical Mischief Tour
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To: Talisker

Ever seen the inside of a ship, sonny? Ever been on one? Did you know that the middle of the ship has an Atrium, where it’s 6+ stories to the concrete floor below, and there are 3 ft tall glass fences that keep people from falling to their demise? Probably not.

Did you know that the upper decks have people laying out in the sunshine - drinking and enjoying life - and that a sudden stop will likely toss more than a couple people over-board - to fall 6-12 stories into the ocean below?

No, a tard like you probably think’s this is funny.

It’s about as funny as firing a machine gun into a crowd. A lot of people are going to get hurt - and hurt bad. More than a few could die. But, hey ... he was drunk and this is funny, right?

Do you know what 70,000 tons of ocean liner, crusing at ~20 knots does when an anchor is dropped? Did you know that ocean liners cruise at 18-22 knots? Probably not.

Didn’t think you knew .... idiot.

And it’s spelled ‘Moron’, moron.

Perhaps you think it’s funny when a drunk collides with a family on Christmas too?

Tard.


27 posted on 12/01/2010 4:59:01 PM PST by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: RichInOC
Isaac the Bartender should have cut him off sooner.
28 posted on 12/01/2010 4:59:08 PM PST by Cecily
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To: Cecily

The penalty for doing stupid stuff needs to be increased.

The same holds true for Private Manning who supposedly is the person behind wikileaks. Manning should be court martialled promptly and, if convicted, shot at sunrise.


29 posted on 12/01/2010 4:59:23 PM PST by Presbyterian Reporter
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To: Hodar
with intentional intent

LOL...

30 posted on 12/01/2010 4:59:52 PM PST by The Magical Mischief Tour
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To: Hodar
When you drop an anchor of a ship with a displacment in the neighborhood of 70,000 tons, moving at ~20 knots - what do you suppose happens?

The anchor chain snaps into, that's what they are designed to do. Regardless, there isn;t an anchor chain on the planet that will stop or even slow a 70,000 ton ship moving at 20 knots.

31 posted on 12/01/2010 5:02:05 PM PST by The Magical Mischief Tour
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Do you have any idea what you are babbling about?

You have obviously never been on an ocean liner. You have never seen the ships that run in the 70,000-120,000 ton range. You have never seen the large, open spaces inside the ship where a stop can propel people over a 3ft glass wall to fall 6+ stories onto a cement floor.

You’ve no idea what you are babbling about - and you would let this man off easily? How about setting fire to a theater with 1,200 people in it? Is that funny too?

The fact is that this man, intentionally and with malice - endangered the lives of 1,200 people - and intentionally damaged a ship with several tens of millions of dollars.


32 posted on 12/01/2010 5:02:26 PM PST by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: Cecily

The USS Brewton dropped its anchor at the pier in Djibouti..after I recommended they should not..there is lots of junk down there I told em..this was to the XO.

They stayed 3 days..the morning of departure..an attempt was made to raise the anchor..it would not budge.

Received a call on the Embassy radio..please go to the Brewton..the Captain would like to talk with me..lol.

What happened is another story.


33 posted on 12/01/2010 5:04:51 PM PST by bushpilot1
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To: Cecily
I guess he's lucky his inebriated state didn't inspire him to do a cannonball dive into the ocean.

Too bad.
34 posted on 12/01/2010 5:05:11 PM PST by John D
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Do you have any idea what you are babbling about? You have obviously never been on an ocean liner. An ocean liner, no... a US Navy Aircraft Carrier, yes...
35 posted on 12/01/2010 5:05:52 PM PST by The Magical Mischief Tour
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Have you ever been on a battleship, or a cruise ship ... and seen what that chain looks like? This is not the chain you pull your Chevy out of the ditch with.

I’ll give you a hint ... each link of the chain weighs in the neighborood of 150 - 350 lbs. Depending upon the anchor’s size and location. And that’s a weight per Link. The anchor alone is in the neighborhood of 20-50 tons. After all, that anchor is designed to hold the 70-120,000 ship still, against the oceans’ current.

Yeah, it will snap just like a thread....


36 posted on 12/01/2010 5:06:38 PM PST by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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Can you prove he had “intentional” intent of injuring or possibly killing everyone on board. Can you send someone to jail because you think they “supposed” something?

And using your stupid holier than thou “I care about squirrels more than him” logic, this “idiot” has as much desire to cause you or your family harm as the squirrel does, unless you were on the boat. This man did absolutely nothing to you, so you really shouldnt be all that upset.


37 posted on 12/01/2010 5:07:03 PM PST by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

And what would happen if you dropped the anchor on your Air Craft carrier while under way.

Would lives be possibly lost? Would you damage the aircraft carrier?

But, more interestingly ... what would the Navy do to you?


38 posted on 12/01/2010 5:08:00 PM PST by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: Raider Sam
This man did absolutely nothing to you, so you really shouldnt be all that upset.

The holier than thou, law and order and any cost Freepers tend to fly into a rage and foam at the mouth any time any criminal isn't summarily executed at the time they are arrested, regardless of the crime they are accused of.

39 posted on 12/01/2010 5:09:34 PM PST by The Magical Mischief Tour
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

It’s a redudant tautology, rhetorically speaking.


40 posted on 12/01/2010 5:09:53 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Socialists are to economics what circle squarers are to math; undaunted by reason or derision.)
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To: Hodar

So, with him releasing the anchor, how many of those sunbathers were thrown off? The hypothesis in your theory happened, what was the result?


41 posted on 12/01/2010 5:10:08 PM PST by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: Hodar

at 105,000 displaced tons, traveling at 20 knots, it would snap with a thunderous explosion, dent up the outer hull a bit and ensure that the continual endless evolution of painting the ship is safe.

The Navy? Yeah you’d be looking for another line of work...


42 posted on 12/01/2010 5:11:40 PM PST by The Magical Mischief Tour
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This guys an ass, but with as much alcohol as there is on the typical cruise, I’m surprised there aren’t more tragedies!!

I'm surprised that with drunk guests on board, these types of machinery spaces aren't better secured. No guest should ever be able to access these types of spaces, intoxicated or not, ever. What if he'd have gotten hurt? He'd have sued the pants of the cruise ship for not babysitting his drunk ass better and he'd have likely received a nice settlement.

I can't believe that a drunk guest can just waltz in and drop the ship's anchor. It's really mind-boggling that security in these spaces was that lax.

43 posted on 12/01/2010 5:12:35 PM PST by Drew68
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To: Raider Sam
Can you prove he had “intentional” intent of injuring or possibly killing everyone on board

Let's see, he went into a restricted area, donned work gloves and released the anchor. Hmmmm, that's a tough call. The fact that he has sailing experience tells me that he knew exactly what he was doing.

As for 'holier than thou' - are you retarded? Seriously, do you have a learning disability? If someone throws a refrigerator off a bridge into traffic, is that funny to you? How about shooting into a crowd? This idiot went to a fair amount of effort go get through the restricted access area - to do something he knew would cause harm to the ship, and possibly to 1,200 innocent victims. And you want to tell him he's a naughty boy?

44 posted on 12/01/2010 5:15:40 PM PST by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Im noticing. Im trying to count the number of times Cpt Holy has insulted the people he is talking to by calling them morons and idiots or questioning whether they know physics.

Also, its kind of funny that he is asking all of these questions without giving the answers, since he is so intelligent.


45 posted on 12/01/2010 5:17:46 PM PST by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

You are comparing a Battleship, with armor - against a cruise ship. Do you honestly think this is a fair comparison?

Here’s a hint ... the cruiseliners are not designed to go into battle. They are not designed to take this kind of stress.

That’s why they don’t land aircaft on them, or have gun mounts on them.


46 posted on 12/01/2010 5:17:48 PM PST by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour
The holier than thou, law and order and any cost Freepers tend to fly into a rage and foam at the mouth any time any criminal isn't summarily executed at the time they are arrested, regardless of the crime they are accused of.

If you do not agree with most freepers why don't you move back to where you fit in better, like moveon?
We already see you want to extend unemployment benefits to freeloaders. What more liberalism do you want?
47 posted on 12/01/2010 5:18:59 PM PST by John D
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To: Raider Sam

Yeah, he does seem to be whistling by at high speed w/o explaining himself...


48 posted on 12/01/2010 5:20:20 PM PST by The Magical Mischief Tour
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To: Cecily

The bigger issue, is how was it that a drunken passenger was ABLE to get into a restricted area and do something that put the ship at risk?


49 posted on 12/01/2010 5:21:47 PM PST by PapaBear3625 ("It is only when we've lost everything, that we are free to do anything" -- Fight Club)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

>> it would snap...

Yes, unlikely a anchor assembly would be designed to sink the ship is supposed to simply tether. No doubt there would be some significant dredging before that “thunderous” snap.


50 posted on 12/01/2010 5:23:12 PM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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