Video of a 200,000-tonne cargo ship nearly hitting a man who was in an inflatable raft has left many netizens indignant.
According to the British edition of Metro newspaper, the images were recorded off the coast of Southampton, in Hampshire, UK, and show the moment the man jumps into the sea and begins to swim to escape the giant ship.
Man jumps into sea and survives being hit by giant cargo ship in Britain (YouTube / Island Echo / Reproduction)
Preliminary information is that the engine of the inflatable boat broke down on the way to the large container ship Al Jubara, which is registered on the island of Malta.
A bystander aboard a yacht, quoted by Metro, says he felt sick because he saw the man “sucked back” when he was trying to escape.
Fortunately, the swimmer was pulled out of the water at the last minute by two men in another boat.
According to Metro, the incident, which was filmed in Southampton, happened shortly after Al Zubara was en route to Le Havre, France.
“Of course he didn’t expect it. I thought to myself, ‘He’s a brave man’. When he saw the ship, I could tell he was terrified and tried to start the engine of the boat, But it failed. So it just jumped,” says student Eden East, who recorded the video, in an interview with Metro.
According to Southampton port officials, the man was rescued by a patrol boat and taken to hospital in a state of shock.