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NOAA ‘Reuben Lasker’ Ship Launch Sends Debris Hurling Through the Air (Video)

A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ship launch didn't go according to plan.

The launch was in Marinette, Wisconsin, where Pamela Lasker, a daughter of the ship’s namesake christens it’s launch. The NOAA’s video of the event looks pretty clean: “May God bless this ship, and all who sail in it,” says Lasker. She then proceeds to send the ship careening into the water, as all is cheery and well.

When viewed from the rear angle, however, the launch proves to be not quite so problem-free. Jason Bundoff’s version of the launch shows that upon crashing into Lake Michigan, the Reuben Lasker sent debris soaring through the air, and straight into onlookers.

One Reddit user, djt832, reports back on what happened to the cameraman: 

The boats normally have steel rails welded to their hulls that ride along the metal bleacher looking things when the boat is set free. After the launch these are obviously removed. However (Still assuming this is the same boat, 90% sure) with this boat design, they were unable to attach these steel rails and had to use wooden ones instead. I have a friend that works for the shipyard and basically someone made a huge misjudgment and the wood split and flew everywhere, as you can obviously see from the video. After this incident viewers were no longer allowed to be so close to the launches.

Reportedly, Bundoff was lucky to able to leave the scene of the crime without serious injuries.

Note to self: there’s a different angle to every story. Oh, and avoid the rear.

Sources: Huffington Post, Jalopnik, Reddit


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