Footage of an enormous vessel plunging into a harbor in Wisconsin shows dangerous debris flying right at the camera.
Posted on You Tube by Jason Bundoff, the impressive video shows the ship tumbling sideways into the water breaking off its sliders and creating a titanic-sized wave that engulfs the camera.
According to a Reddit user claiming to be Jason Bundoff’s friend, the photographer shot the video while an intern at the shipyard and survived the ordeal with scratches and bruises.
Others, he said, were not so lucky and one person allegedly broke his leg.
The startling video has created waves online where commentators familiar with the shipping industry have placed the vessel at Marinette shipyard in Wisconsin though the date is unknown.
On Gcaptain.com, users have also debated whether there was in fact anyone filming the launch at all.
One says: “Definately Marinette’s yard, the ship in the background is one of the Freedom Class LCS boats. Given the lack of other people in the shot I’d bet this was a remote camera.”
Certainly the amount of debris and water that comes flying at the camera looks as if it would cause more than scratches and bruises but according to his Redditor friend, Jason Bundoff is afraid to post anything more about the aftermath for privacy reasons.
What is clear is that the sliders that guide the boat into the water don’t extend as far as they should.
Though all launches create a dramatic wave, the ship usually tips back the right way after its initial immersion.
In Jason Bundoff’s video, clearly part of the dock equipment breaks off explaining the debris and validating at least the fact that it the launch was a failure.