WATCH: Man dives into water and narrowly avoids being mowed down by 200,000 tonne CARGO
Moment the man narrowly avoids being run over by a 200,000 tonne CARGO in Southampton after his dinghy’s engine failed
- The man had been out on a dinghy for quite a while, but it nearly ended in tragedy
- A broken engine left the boat stranded in the path of the Al Zubara freighter
- Passers-by watched in horror as the man jumped into the water to escape
- He luckily escaped with seconds to spare as the dinghy was hit head-on
- The reveler was pulled out of the water by friends who were on a separate boat
It’s the terrifying moment a reveler at sea comes face to face with death as he narrowly avoids being mowed down by a massive freighter weighing 200,000 tons.
The man can be seen swimming for his life as the huge container ship speeds straight towards him during the chilling encounter.
With only seconds to spare, the man managed to swim frantically just far enough out of the Al Zubara ship’s path to escape with his life.
Onlookers said the reveler ‘had a death wish’ as he was caught in the middle of the main shipping channel today just outside Southampton, Hampshire.
The incident took place just before 10 a.m. at Southampton Waters, with the departure from the 400-metre-long port of Al Zubara for a voyage to Le Havre in France.
Passengers on a car ferry arriving at Southampton at the same time watched in horror.
In the video, the man can be seen desperately scrambling away from the abandoned dinghy as the Al Zubara heads towards him
The boat (circled in yellow) is dragged under the huge freighter, while the man (circled in red) escapes with moments to spare
Student Eden East, 18, who filmed the footage, said the man was with two friends – who were on another dinghy – and was unable to start his boat’s engine when the Maltese ship swung away rushed towards him.
Mr East said: ‘We had just arrived and saw a huge container ship coming our way.
“We could see that boat over there and I thought ‘he’s a bit brave’.
“He obviously didn’t see it coming.
“Once he saw it, you could see him start to panic and try to start his dinghy’s engine – but it wouldn’t start, so he jumped in.
‘I don’t know how he did that. His boat was sucked in and thrown over the other side.
“I was really scared for this guy, I felt sick.”
Mr East said the two friends of the man, who can be seen escaping in the other dinghy, retrieved him from the water.
Mr East, from East Cowes on the Isle of Wight, also said the Red Funnel car ferry he was traveling on had to stop and carry out man overboard procedures.