Close call as ship heads for house

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A pan­ick­ing home­owner waved his arms in hor­ror as gi­ant cruise liner steamed to­wards his wa­ter­side home in Florida this week.

The boat usu­ally passes from the Port Ever­glades docks through to the At­lantic Ocean, pass­ing by the home. Car­ry­ing 2 850 peo­ple and weigh­ing about 122 000 tons, even the slight­est touch by the Celebrity Equinox could have caused cat­a­strophic dam­age to the house.

But when a fuel spill closed off its usual route at Port Ever­glades, a tricky ma­noeu­vre saw the ship come dan­ger­ously close to nearby homes. As the cap­tain at­tempted to turn the huge ves­sel, it drifted closer and closer to the houses, some of which are worth mil­lions of dol­lars.

A home­owner filmed the mo­ment when the enor­mous cruise ship came within me­tres of her home as her hus­band waved his arms in sheer panic. The woman can be heard scream­ing “it’s too close” as the ves­sel drifted to­wards their home.

The ship can be seen tow­er­ing over Bill Tod­hunter as his wife Yas­mine recorded the ex­tremely close en­counter.

Footage shows Bill des­per­ately run­ning onto the deck of the house. The ship seemed to be back­ing away as the cou­ple watched on in dis­be­lief. Bill said it stopped about 30m from his pa­tio.

He said: “When the cruise ship’s thrusters stopped, there was si­lence and I yelled: ‘Some­body is go­ing to get fired.’ And ev­ery­body on the ship ap­plauded.

“We’ve been here for six years and we’ve never seen any­thing like that. We’ve never seen any­thing that close.”

The ship had been head­ing out for a 10-night Caribbean cruise.

– Mir­ror

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