I guess, The Pirates of the Caribbean ride in Disney can be scary. There used to be sword wielding pirates chasing women, but that’s since been toned down. However scary those pirates seem, you would never think that you could get your fingers chopped off by one of them right?
Well the pirates didn’t do the chopping, the actual ride did. A British tourist lost the tops of his ring finger and pinkie finger while on the ride. The 40 (some reports have him at 55) year old was apparently on the ride, dangling his hands outside the ride when his two fingers were sliced down.
UPDATE: The man said that he was actually holding onto the boat with his fingertips outside the vessel.
A spokesperson said that the man was calm when the medics arrived, and knew the accident was his fault,
‘He was very calm and not freaking out, and the medics said he said the accident was his fault as he had his hand where it should not have been.
‘He was very calm and just said he needed a band aid for his fingers. He did not want a fuss made and kept repeating he had his hand where it should not have been.’
OH IT WAS JUST THE TIPS – NO BIG DEAL RIGHT?
When I say tips, if you are thinking just like the top of the fingernails, think again. I should have said CHUNKS! Bo Jones, from the Reedy Creek Fire Department, describes the injury as a clean slice that went deep,
The man lost the tip of his ring finger down to the bottom of the nail, while the little finger was about down to the first knuckle. From the medical reports they were sliced clean off.’
Although guests are warned not to put their hands above their heads or outside the ride, that is usually the first thing everyone does, or at least what I used to do. There is a written warning and before the ride starts there is a Pirate voiced warning,
“Sit closer together and keep your ruddy hands inboard. That be the best way to repel boarders. And mark well me words, mateys, dead men tell no tales.”
Although the ride as shut down and a safety inspection was conducted, the tourists finger tips were never found.
WILL HE SUE?
I would. I’m not a big believer in law suits, but if I am just gripping the outside of the boat and I get my fingers swiped off, somebody owes me some money. That could have easily been a kid. Disney has to take into consideration that children, no matter what, will have their hands outside of the boat. This ride goes through the dark and no matter how many times you tell a kid “don’t”, he or she will test you. It would be a shame if that test cost them a finger or two.
Here’s a look at what the vessel looks like from the outside
Although the service at Disney World is great, I never recommend leaving them a tip. (Sorry – I had to)
Here is a look at how slow the ride goes. Hard to believe he lost two fingertips.