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Maybe the camera was held by a blond deck decoration who had been instructed to "Keep watch".

"I did"; she said afterwards.
Then she pulled a Rolex out of her thong.
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Two thumbs up , I personally loved it and would like to see much more of this type of thing in the future. I could watch it over and over. Doitagain doitagagain.
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Okay, adding some info to take away the mystery a bit...

This takes place in Egyptian waters on the Red Sea. Both boats are liveaboard diving safari tour boats catering to the wreck explorers.

The site is the wreck of the WWII transport ship The Thistlegorm, which is the single most popular wreck dive in the world.
While there is nothing on the surface and the video suggests that both boats are in clear open water, they are both in business around their "prize" which lies 30meters below.

The Thistlegorm is, pretty much everyday, the focus of as many as 20 such huge dive-boats at a time! So manuevering gets tight! It gets especially tight given that the way to anchour/moor in the area is for the head diver to dive the rode down and tie onto the wreck's superstructure!!!!

All this aside, The ship that the video is taken fomr the deck of was manuevering in to tie up and launch its divers while the other boat had cast off and was pulling away as one of the divers had been injured and they diecided to "run in". Apparently they did not politely sound their horn to announce that they were going to manuever under power in this nightmarishly tight anchorage...and you can see the result.

So not all is quite how it looks in the vid.

I am at home sick, and too ill to even use powertools and do some boat projects aroudn the house. Google hunting this down was my source of amusement for the day.


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I can very much relate to this video and feel both horrified and sad over it - even though some sailors here chose to sound off with praises over one less stinkpotter on the water.

I've been on several dive charters thoughout Bermuda, Florida, the Caribbean and in the deep, cold waters off southern New England - been down as deep at 180 feet. Sasha is correct that these large diveboats are constantly jockying for best position over the prime diving reefs and popular wrecks.

The first boats there get to choose where on the wreck to tie-off to, the bow sometimes being the best point to start the dive from - depending upon position and attitude of the wreck. Subsequent diveboats must either wait for space, tie off safely elsewhere, or anchor away - requiring a dive down the anchor line and divers navigating along the bottom to the site.

It gets hairy at times - especially when seas are rough and many boats are in the holding pattern. That was a very tough break for those paying divers and charter crew.
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If there were any passengers or crew in the forward cabin, I would guess it was several tough breaks!
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Given that these guys do this on a daily or regular basis...they should have known better. If you typically operate in dangerously crowded conditions, you really should be on top of your game, rather than slacking off.... which is what appears to have caused the accident shown.
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Pitty the clowns on the dive boat sink potts .mmmmm nope sorry these guys are responsible for not only flipping me over in the Lake Worth Inlet coming in at WarpSpeed 5 on my sailing dingy , but pretty much responsible for untold numbers of deaths at sea forgetting divers-down. Was the wreck going somewhare ? Thats the issue at hand "speedboat " sez it all .Speed boat go boom.There is no simpathy from this corner. Just another display of idiots that give credance to the idea that licensing is a great idea . Nope they reaped exactly what they sowed and I am so glad someone got it on tape. I could watch it all day.
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Some follow-up research seems to indicate that both boats belong to the same operator!
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If true...that would be priceless... and quite ironic and IMHO Karmic Justice.
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