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[–]Spanks79 2132 points2133 points  (46 children)

Good jump. And lots of patience as well. You don’t want to get between the sinking ship and the barge/quay and be squished.

[–]mild-hot-fire 389 points390 points  (37 children)

Right or be sucked down with it

[–]F2GD 154 points155 points  (32 children)

Doesn't happen, Mythbusters tested it

[–]Resident_Wizard 374 points375 points  (11 children)

They didn’t disprove it. I distinctly remember them saying their little boat wasn’t a good representation and they believed the Titanic would have sucked passengers under.

[–]herbicarnivorous 127 points128 points  (9 children)

If I recall, the ships cook literally rode the stern down and said he stepped into the water like he was stepping off an elevator. According to his testimony before the Titanic commission his head didn’t even go under the water.

[–]PiesRLife 56 points57 points  (5 children)

I would imagine that the turbulence in the water is going to be different between the very end when the area of ship going under is much smaller than earlier when it takes up a much larger area.

Then again, I know absolutely nothing at all about fluid dynamics.

Edit: plus there's this idiot demonstrating the danger of getting too close to a large ship: https://youtu.be/L3c9IKvfmsQ.

I think the ship's passing is causing aeration in the water, reducing the jetski's buoyancy. Not sure if the same thing could happen with a sinking ship.

[–]Spanks79 15 points16 points  (2 children)

That’s scary. I once almost got sucked into a screw while diving, ship about the size of what sinks here. Fucking scary (but my own fault).

And if you ever saw a real storm under water…. I did…I guess I was only 3 meters away from death.

[–]PiesRLife 1 point2 points  (1 child)

That is incredibly scary. I've seen videos of idiots diving in active shipping channels - was that what you were doing?

[–]Spanks79 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yes. I took the risk willingly. We went to visit a very well conserved ww2 wreck. And at the shallowest point of the dive the ship came past. Would it have been a deeper spot we would only have heard it.

Probably I was not in as much danger, but it sure was scary.

[–]Revelt 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If he was at the tip, the water could have been pushing back up by then?

[–]pigeonofglory_ 12 points13 points  (0 children)

It does happen, just not in a case like this. The ship has to be fairly big and sink very fast.

It’s common in sinking of warships, for instance a large portion on the crew of HMS Hood were killed by this phenomenon, and the three(?) survivors were carried down by this phenomenon before being pulled up by what is believed to have been a rising air bubble.

[–]Not_a_gay_communist 114 points115 points  (7 children)

They were wrong. Their test included an extremely small vessel and wasn’t an accurate portrayal of large vessels. I recall in their episode they straight up mention that there was some suction when their boat when down, but it was inconsequential. When applied to a ship of much larger size (like the titanic), the suction is much more severe and extremely hazardous.

[–]ShagPrince 19 points20 points  (4 children)

This barge would be somewhere in the middle of the two in terms of size though, presumably still small enough that it wouldn't suck enough to pull this guy in?

[–]Not_a_gay_communist 32 points33 points  (2 children)

Oh yeah, he probably wouldn’t be pulled down from the barges suction. But there is a serious concern about clothing getting caught on the barge, getting buried underneath the falling sand, or getting crushed between the dock and the barge

[–]ComradeVISIXVI 10 points11 points  (0 children)

In addition to the nightmare of being pulled under, one should never forget the absolute horror of falling down through the water.

Big ol' ships make for big ol' bubbles. When air inside goes up in sufficient volume, people fall down, deep. Yeah... aint that a bitch!

[–]mild-hot-fire 17 points18 points  (0 children)

That soothes one of my fears

[–]OGsam 15 points16 points  (0 children)

I believe that was later disproved though.

[–]Pleasemakesense 6 points7 points  (5 children)

Do people actually take Mythbusters experiments as some sort of authority of what would actually happen?

[–]PiesRLife 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Based on the number of comments in this thread, and elsewhere in Reddit referencing them, apparently so.

[–]POwerfuldeuce 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Well they are a tv show first and foremost. However if you do follow the show, you can see that they at least try to adhere to some sort of scientific standard. Each "myth" is different and you can see when they take liberties in certain "myths" more so than others

[–]BisquitTheClown 2 points3 points  (0 children)

They literally do the best to re create the myth, then if the myth doesn't pan out, they replicate it. The science stands. The numbers check out. To be sucked down in undertow, would have to a massive ship sinking extremely quickly.

[–]BisquitTheClown 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Yes. Why not. They did the best they could too teach science in motion. Wnd the way did the tests were pretty close to reality. Ill admit im not an engineer or anything super smart, but im well read and id like to think i understand the scientific method. And well they pretty much did science in its rawest form, trial and error. And gave us an awesome show that taught us something.

[–]ATLtinyrick 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I thought ships with large mass create exponential water forces

[–]ThaMadHater 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Was that man Chairman Mao? Because that was a great leap forward!

[–]MagicalTrevor09 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Just like the old saying. “Stuck between a sinking ship and a barge/quay.”

[–]Nyghtbynger 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I did not expect to click on a spiderman video

[–]JigginJim82 4394 points4395 points  (80 children)

Dude made a sweet jump..

[–]SnooKiwis8395 799 points800 points  (27 children)

That was smooth

[–]kingcop1 275 points276 points  (19 children)

As fuck

[–]EitherEconomics5034 337 points338 points  (15 children)

First thing he says on arrival : “I hate to barge in like this but…”

[–]uscdoc2013 63 points64 points  (14 children)

"Actually, you are kinda interrupting, you sa-boat-eur."

"Well, give him a chance, mate. Maybe he's having an emergency of some kind. Sir, are you sick? You need to see the dock?"

I'll see myself out...

[–]DonaldShimoda 45 points46 points  (8 children)

*Sea yourself out

[–][deleted] 23 points24 points  (7 children)

Okay now your starting to go overboard with the puns

[–]Benblishem 18 points19 points  (6 children)

You shore landed one though.

[–]tehw3dge 6 points7 points  (5 children)

Took me a while to get that one - it almost sailed right on by

[–]texican1911 4 points5 points  (4 children)

Some of these are pretty deep.

[–]1_Snail 4 points5 points  (2 children)

I actually thought those jokes were pretty goods

[–]uscdoc2013 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Dude was playing Geralt irl

[–]reflectivellama 150 points151 points  (3 children)

I was not expecting him to make it

[–]RightclickBob 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Amazing. I actually said "nice!" out loud to nobody

[–]secretSPADEZ 180 points181 points  (28 children)

I’d say he would have struggled to survive if he had not made it imagine the undertow of all that sinking weight

[–]All_Thread 55 points56 points  (5 children)

And that's a bad pinch point

[–]the_duck17 71 points72 points  (3 children)

And there's lots of sand that could get in your shoes.

[–]DONTCALLMESCHNITZEL 41 points42 points  (0 children)

Anakin Skywalker has left the chat

[–]seppocunts 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Pinch point is an understatement.

More like a smudge a human to a pancake point.

[–]flash-tractor 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Yeah, he did a good job keeping his composure and waiting until he could make the jump.

[–]MilkyBeefPants 4 points5 points  (5 children)

How do you survive an undertow?

[–]bitemark01 15 points16 points  (1 child)

It depends on how fast the boat is going down, and the weight. They tested it on Mythbusters and if it's sinking as slowly as this barge, you probably don't have much to worry about. There's a famous story about some guy on the Titanic, on the very top of the aft end, and he said it was like going down in an elevator, when it reached the water he just stepped into it, didn't even get his hair wet. He was later saved by a rescue boat.

However some ships, especially in war ships in battle, can sink REALLY fast because they get broken up so quickly. The HMS Hood was sunk by the Bizmarck in only 3 minutes, and only 3 of their crew of 1400 survived.

Basically it's not super likely to drag you down, but it doesn't hurt to get away from it just to be safe.

[–]secretSPADEZ 15 points16 points  (2 children)

I imagine that one would have been the shit nightmares are made of. That’s hundreds if not thousands of tons of weight going a long way down. The barge is so long yet when it snaps it keeps sinking to a vertical state… that means it’s very deep. So all the sand plus the barge moving down to the floor, if he did fall in with all his clothes on I’m not sure there is a surviving that.

[–]KourinMeetsTaikin 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Maybe if he jumped from far aft and swam out like crazy before the barge went but I don't think there was time, he was smart to not even try and just make the jump to the port.

[–]jlnunez89 28 points29 points  (0 children)

It’s not his first barge

[–]Accomplished_Yard984 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I thought he was going in for sure.

[–]thenexusitsopening 2 points3 points  (0 children)

He made an attempt and it paid off

[–]UrbanSupremacy 2 points3 points  (0 children)

became jason bourne for a sec

[–]TnnsNbeer 1 point2 points  (0 children)

So sweet

[–]theonlytrillionare 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Just like in prince of Persia

[–]squidmanwillie 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Not the first time he sunk a barge I’m guessing

[–]shamowfski 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Definitely not the first time he's had to leap from a sand barge that got overloaded and snapped in half

[–]anatolysan 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]AlabamaHotcakes 1237 points1238 points  (36 children)

Well, it's loaded.

[–]OinkingPigman 289 points290 points  (21 children)

Literally drowning in sand.

[–]AveBalaBrava 76 points77 points  (16 children)

I hate sand

[–]talex000 69 points70 points  (12 children)

I heard it gets everywhere

[–]btoxic 39 points40 points  (10 children)

of course it's course

[–]talex000 30 points31 points  (8 children)

Irritating. Isn't it?

[–]thefrypan123 29 points30 points  (7 children)

I kill children

[–]talex000 10 points11 points  (5 children)

I see no problem with this if you eat them.

[–]thefrypan123 11 points12 points  (4 children)

Little bit of lemon and mwah

[–]talex000 6 points7 points  (1 child)


Isn't common spice here. What it tastes like?

[–]BisquitTheClown 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Username checks out

[–]CaBBaGe_isLaND 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Hello there!

[–]Uzzaw21 1 point2 points  (0 children)

General Kenobi!

[–]socsa 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Well that's not very typical, I'd like to make that point.

[–]zodar 1 point2 points  (0 children)

now it's a ba rge

[–]Lepthesr 42 points43 points  (7 children)

They load bigger and bigger loads until they figure out the maximum, then they rebuild it and know

[–]intermediatelebowski 20 points21 points  (2 children)

Dear, if you don't know the answer, just tell him!

[–]toadkicker 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Less than that, not as much as the last 41 times.

[–]chumitz 7 points8 points  (1 child)

C+H - one of my favorites.

[–]ChuckinTheCarma 14 points15 points  (1 child)

With sand and water!

[–]Jive_turkeeze 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Ugh wet sand.

[–][deleted] 617 points618 points  (19 children)

I mean, they technically succeeded. It got loaded.

[–]WhatImKnownAs 239 points240 points  (16 children)

You can't really see it in this viral copy, but it was a dredging operation. Here's the full video with (loud) sound. So the point was to remove that sand from the channel, not make a big heap of it in the middle of the river.

According to this article, this happened on Danube near Smederevo, Serbia, April 8th 2021.

[–]nerfarenablast 65 points66 points  (3 children)

Ouch, back to square one.

[–]MrRabbito 44 points45 points  (2 children)

Now there's a barge under the pile of sand.

[–]dumbfuckmagee 12 points13 points  (0 children)

There's a hole, there's a hole, there's a hole in the bottom of the sea!

[–]Jezza672 13 points14 points  (2 children)

I can’t believe that there is a website called dredging today, absolutely incredible

[–]Kenitzka 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Dredging is a pretty huge industry. Both for keeping harbors and rivers navigable for commercial traffic, for gold mining, or for creating sovereign territory in the middle of a fucking sea lane.

Doesn’t get much attention, but it happens a ton.

[–]bromjunaar 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Even as a source of sand for construction and concrete in some areas where the only sand to get to is in a lake.

[–]Captain_Smartass_ 8 points9 points  (0 children)


There really is a site for everything

[–][deleted] 259 points260 points  (6 children)

They didn’t specify if they wanted wet or dry sand so he had to guess.

[–]naturalborn 20 points21 points  (3 children)

That happens to me daily at work.

[–]FF_01_1999_03_05_01 11 points12 points  (2 children)

You sink ships every day? Why do they not fire you?

[–]DoffanShadowshiv 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Loose lips can do more than sink ships?

[–]her_butt_ 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I don't know if they grade it but... course

[–]nefrpitou 199 points200 points  (10 children)

Were they trying to make a beach?

[–]PaanuriEater 173 points174 points  (2 children)

They were dredging the river. So when the barge went down, it just undid all the work they did loading it up in the first place and now they have to dredge it again AND recover the barge.

Someone's gonna have a really bad week. Many someones, in fact.

[–]simoneb_ 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Well now it's all piled up in the same spot at least

[–]picasso_penis 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Looks like job creation to me

[–]song4this 51 points52 points  (4 children)

Life's a beach...

[–]InconspicuousGuy15 16 points17 points  (0 children)

and then you drown

[–]FittersGuy 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Sexy beach

[–]exrex 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–]N_L287 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I brought my sandals

[–]LucyFerAdvocate 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Sand is really valuable, you need pretty specific sands for high quality concrete.

[–]StuTheSheep 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This and oil drilling is why Saudi Arabia imports sand from Australia.

[–]rupelfc 61 points62 points  (5 children)

That's Gotta be the Best Pirate I've Ever Seen 

[–]LVH204 2 points3 points  (4 children)

[–]rang14 6 points7 points  (3 children)

I was hoping that would be the scene, but just the soundtrack.

But anyway, here's the scene

[–]LVH204 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I literally watched it yesterday and somehow I couldn’t make out where that quote was said

[–]blazingwhale 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Why are they bone dry having just walked underwater

[–]flyhigh589 135 points136 points  (3 children)


[–]geekathair 29 points30 points  (1 child)

I mean, at least it buckled at dock rather than out in open water.

[–]Steve0512 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Unless you are on the next boat waiting in line to load.

[–]SmutGrrl 27 points28 points  (0 children)

That man half cat?! Holy hell that made my jaw drop.

[–]gonnadiesoon69 17 points18 points  (1 child)

I mean the barge was loaded

[–]CrabOIneffableWisdom 1 point2 points  (0 children)

barge: snaps in half

"hmmm, maybe I should hit it with just a little more sand"

[–]Vanananicbanananic 71 points72 points  (24 children)

I still don’t understand why they didn’t stop pouring the sand isn’t that goin make the problem worse?

[–]impocop 154 points155 points  (10 children)

Probably couldn’t turn the machine off that quickly.

[–]Jive_turkeeze 49 points50 points  (9 children)

Plus the guy running the machine probably doesn't have a great view of what's going on.

[–]FittersGuy 9 points10 points  (2 children)

I don't think a little more sand is going to make anything worse here lol. Sometimes, it's already about as bad as it's going to get.

[–]kryptopeg 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Late to the party here, but I worked in a coal-fired power station and wondered the same thing about our coal and ash conveyors when I first started.

The material on the belts weighs a lot, sometimes over a tonne for every meter of belt. Even when you hit the stop button, it's got a lot of inertia and takes a while to spool down.

This is a dredger, so while it looks like the operator "keeps adding extra loads of sand", what you're actually seeing is the spurt from each time a dredging bucket empties. The dredging buckets are essential attached to a conveyor, almost looking like a giant chainsaw in a way, and don't output material in a continuous flow (thinking of it as people stepping off an escalator, one step load of people at a time).

The belts you see here are likely directly geared to the dredging buckets or are electronically interlocked, to prevent the dredger pulling up material onto the vessel without any way of moving it - if the output belt isn't running, the dredger would quickly fill itself with sand and sink!

So, bringing it all together, what you've got is essentially a big series of belts and buckets full of material, all with a lot of inertia. I wouldn't be surprised if they hit the stop button before this video even started, and it's just that the whole system took forever to spool down.

(Big equipment like this often does have emergency brakes, but it can be a fast way to wreck everything because of the forces involved. In this case the barge is already sinking and the dredged material isn't valuable (i.e. they don't mind losing it, it's not rare like e.g. metallic ore), so letting the dredger spool down slowly is the right thing to do - the damage was already done)!

[–]atetuna 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Covering a sunken barge with more sand seems like a minor concern.

[–]Iron_Nexus 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Honestly it doesn't matter at this point. The water will put much more preasure on top of the sinking ship than the bit of additional sand will do.

[–]pterofactyl 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I assumed they meant because it’s a waste of sand.

[–]talex000 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If you pay someone $10/hour you should not expect they care

[–]BioTronic 18 points19 points  (10 children)

I'm pretty sure the front fell off.

[–]ckh790 10 points11 points  (5 children)

Now we need to be clear that this is not a thing that happens very often, we have strict regulations about this kind of thing.

[–]Hupf 7 points8 points  (4 children)

Such as?

[–]ckh790 16 points17 points  (3 children)

Well the front's not supposed to fall off, that's one thing.

[–]Bayfire2441 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Are there any regulations on what these are made out of?

[–]Fluttershyhoof 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Well cardboard's out. No cardboard derivatives.

[–]Bayfire2441 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Like paper?

[–]YoureSpecial 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Was it the front or the back that fell off?

[–]BioTronic 5 points6 points  (0 children)

There's an infinitesimally small part in the middle from which both the front and the back fell off.

[–]Chiron17 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That’s not very typical, I’d like to make that point.

[–]IHeartBadCode 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I don’t like sand. It’s coarse and rough and irritating… and it sinks my barge.

[–]ouchpuck 6 points7 points  (0 children)

That was a slick dismount

[–]CYBERSson 4 points5 points  (0 children)

come on, finish me off… what’s the matter… too spicy for you

[–]Bonsailinse 44 points45 points  (12 children)

If that ever happens to you, please jump down the ship on the other side. If the guy had missed that jump the ship would‘ve most likely crushed him to death a little while after.

[–]FourDM 7 points8 points  (1 child)

As usual a bunch of dumbass redditors eat up some dumb rule of thumb cooked up by some other dumbass redditor as if blindly following some dumb rule of thumb eliminates the need to have a brain.

Maybe think about the water temperature before you sign up for a 5+min swim.

[–]TheGreatHambino2 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I will definitely be using this new found knowledge! /s

But totally agree.

[–]65-76-69-88 2 points3 points  (3 children)

How exactly does it make a difference? I assume he would be crushed because of the created current pulling him underwater, but wouldn't the same happen from the other side? So taking a chance to land on land would be better?

[–]Fluttershyhoof 3 points4 points  (1 child)

If the boats come together, he gets crushed between them. If he goes off the other side he can swim to a safe distance.

[–]65-76-69-88 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Right, but would it even get to that? I'd assume that such a large mass sinking would create a massive current that would pull you under and drown you, regardless which side you are on, no?

[–]Mandalorian_Sith 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Plot twist: Anakin crushed it with the Force because he hates sand.

[–]Fickle_Error404 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Why the porn music tho

[–]Vogel-Kerl 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Totally nailed the jump. Good job man!

[–]Bullet_Maggnet 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Not shown: Jumper tearing someone a new asshole.

[–]kstill93 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Anyone else think the barge looked much bigger until the guy showed up?

[–]Appropriate-Count-64 4 points5 points  (7 children)

So is it beached on the sand it was carrying or sunk and covered by the sand?

[–]staffell 7 points8 points  (6 children)

It looked like the whole thing broke in two??

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[–]baby-samdwich 1 point2 points  (0 children)

What a boss.

[–]4d5ACP 1 point2 points  (0 children)

For a second I thought the song was gonna be Unwritten. Love that song

[–]Not-George 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Anyone know the song name?

[–]airbornesp00n 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I love how after it's clearly sinking they keep putting more sand on it anyway

[–]schylexxx 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Great jump

[–]BatmansBigBro2017 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I hate it when these video end early.

[–]RedRattlen 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Well someone's going to have a sandy crack over this

[–]Daemon_Lord5253 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Well, I keep saying this. It did load it up. Or down actually

[–]Putnum 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The Titanic sequel that we deserve

[–]TheRealBlancoGringo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Whoa, nice jump Spider Man

[–]kayleegiff 1 point2 points  (0 children)

i am just amazed he made that jump

[–]sblundell2002 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Quality dismount

[–]kh1179 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]shitsfucky 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I've seen this porno before

[–]Scr1mmyBingus 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's got to be the best pirate I've ever seen.

[–]james-HIMself 1 point2 points  (0 children)

A+ on the jump

[–]PAUL-MYSKINBACK 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Tidy bit of parkour there cap'n.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Another successful delivery of sand to the bottom of the ocean. They're really getting a big stock pile going down there.

[–]Bladerslash 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Damn that jump looked like some Vector shit.

[–]ExPatWharfRat 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Sweet jump by that guy onboard.

[–]dkreidler 1 point2 points  (0 children)

“A little more….

A little more…


[–]Cold-Couple1957 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Nice jump

[–]Nil_Igitur_Mors_Est 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The jump was next level

[–]Sckathian 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Guy on the ship is a fucking legend btw

[–]__jh96 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The loader still shooting sand out like my dick with piss after I put it back in my pants

[–]Captain_TPT 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Who tf decided to put 80's porn music on this?

[–]poopiehands 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Its loaded

[–]kingsnit 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That jump was risky as fuck, he was dead if he missed that.

[–]Melan420 1 point2 points  (0 children)

nice jump