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Yacht Launch Mishap

by Brett M. Christensen

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.

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

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Falling Yacht 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
Falling Yacht 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
Falling Yacht 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.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer