Mark Wilkinson probably didn’t have this in mind when he renamed his second-hand boat, but the 44-year-old British man ended up clinging to its half-submerged bow the first time he took it out into the water.
The Sun reports Wilkinson’s 16-foot cabin cruiser sprung a leak in its fiberglass hull on the return from a fishing trip in Birmingham’s Lyme Bay. Witnesses describe the scene as slightly less dramatic than the 1912 sinking of the original Titanic.
“Someone said, ‘That boat is sinking,'” one witness tells the Sun. “There was a big guy desperately holding on. I shouted at him to jump and someone threw a line. He was fine — but dripping wet.”
Don’t feel too bad for Mark, though. He only spent �1,000 on the boat, and he apparently wasn’t so scarred by the experience that he couldn’t get back into the water to pose for pictures beside his broken vessel.
“It’s all a bit embarrassing,” he says. “I’m fed up with people asking me if I hit an iceberg.”