The dangers of autopilot became evident when this superyacht beached itself in the resort town of Hvar, Croatia. Talk about sleeping at the helm!
Peak season was in full swing when the luxury motor yacht ran into the shallow waters of the beach, sending early morning swimmers scurrying, shocking beach walkers and amazing the hundreds of onlookers who soon arrived to see the extraordinary visitor to the busy beach.
What caused the unscheduled, somewhat embarrassing visit? The 40-meter Moon, owned by the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club, had been operating on autopilot when it struck the tiny nearby islet of Pokojni Dol – which sports a lighthouse – while operating on autopilot.
As the collision with the island caused a large hole in the yacht’s side, the quick-thinking ship’s captain, who had been asleep at the time of the incident, decided to deliberately run the boat aground in the bay of the same name.
The authorities were alerted by the owner of a nearby restaurant, and for the rest of the morning diners and swimmers were able to enjoy sharing the beach with the largest boat to ever enter the bay.
None of the five people on board, from Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Hercegovina, were injured. In fact, they are probably going to be able to take home better dinner table stories than they ever imagined.
Courtesy of www.sail-world.com.