A YouTube video has captured the intense moment in which a woman was left at the dock while a cruise ship pulled away with her children still on board (video below).
On April 21, an unidentified woman was on her knees with her hands in the air as she was screaming that her children were on the ship. Scott Thomas, a passenger on the ship, recorded the incident on his cellphone.
"This ship ain’t even trying to slow down," Thomas said during the video.
Known as the Norwegian Breakaway, the 144,000-ton ship was in the middle of a seven-day-cruise to Florida and the Bahamas, according to the Daily Mail. After departing from New York on April 17, the ship sailed to Port Canaveral, Florida, then stopped at Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau.
According to Brady Forbes, who talked to the family while in an elevator on the ship, the children and father were already on board, but the mother had not returned yet.
"After that, the husband went out to look for the wife and the ship gave them more time than normal," Forbes explained. "They found the wife but obviously not in time as the ship sailed away."
After it left port, it spent three days at sea on its way to New York.
Molly McIntyre, a consultant with Cruise.co.uk, explained that some cruise lines let children stay on the ship while their parents are onshore.
“Personally as a mother of four I do use the kids club but would never leave them on board alone,” McIntyre said.
"What I don’t understand is why this lady was late back as the departure time is always displayed in the daily schedule and normally there is a sign as you get off the ship that asks you to be back on board 30 minutes before departure," McIntyre said.
The ship left at 5:30 p.m., and the woman returned about a minute too late.
"I didn’t think they would do that," a woman remarked in the video. "I guess I was wrong."
"I told you they’d do that," Thomas responded. "When it’s 5:30 it’s 5:30 […] Not 5:31, not 5:32, 5:30."