August 21st, 2011 10:30 EST
Ferry Boat Slams Onto Rock: Captain Stuck In Toilet
"A Finnish ferry has run aground while its captain was stuck in the bathroom.
One member of staff managed to slow the island-hopping tourist ferry down, but the vessel, carrying 54 passengers, slammed onto a rock near the shore of Helsinki, the Finnish coastguard said Friday.
The captain got stuck in the bathroom because of a jammed lock and yelled for help, the coastguard said." Reuters
We`ve all had a bad day at the office, but this hapless captain really had a crappy day.
It boggles the mind that the captain was the only crew member with the experience and knowledge to steer the ship. The captain could have been incapacitated any number of ways, and there should have been another crew member who could stop the ferry from slamming onto the rock. Their is no excuse for the passengers being up the proverbial sh** creek without a paddle.
Twenty years ago the passengers would have been on their knees praying as they watched the ferry head towards the rock, but I bet that instead of praying the passengers reached for their cell phones to video the incident so they could post it on YouTube.
As soon as the passengers reached solid ground, I`m sure they went to see their lawyers.
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