Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Chris Hemsworth in La Gomera shipwreck

Scene of the accident. Photo:
Actor Chris Hemsworth was involved in a boating accident just outside the harbour of San Sebastian de La Gomera late on Sunday night, as reported by :

''Hemsworth, best known for his role as comic strip hero Thor in the Marvel Studios films of the same name, had to be rescued after a catamaran he hired for a party including himself, his wife Elsa Pataky, who is 3 months pregnant, and their 18-month daughter India Rose, ran aground off the coast of the island at night. A lifeboat, a Civil Guard patrol boat and a helicopter had to be mobilised to take the group of 8 to safety after the incident. Ironically, the Australian-born actor was in La Gomera to film the Ron Howard movie, In the Heart of the Sea, which is about a crew shipwrecked by a high seas encounter with a giant whale in the 19th century. The rescue has received prominent coverage in the Spanish and British papers, including the Daily Mail.''

Just let me add that thankfully no one was injured and that according to locals the Spanish skipper aboard blamed a technical problem for the accident. The skipper, an experienced captain and sailor who has won several yacht races, is at all times responsible for his craft and this is most embarrassing for him. Filming schedules for 'In the Heart of the Sea' were unaffected. The boat remained stranded at the site of the accident and is probably a write-off.

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