1. When you first “set sail” on the classic “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, you will hear this message:
2. “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.”
Translation: “Keep your hands, feet, arms, legs and small children inside the boat AT ALL TIMES. We should not have to say this.”
3. Unfortunately for all of us, a middle-aged vacationer from the United Kingdom decided to challenge these simple instructions this week.
4. Because of this, the man ended up losing the tips of his ring and pinky fingers on his right hand.
It is unclear exactly how this happened, though some sources are reporting that the guest claims to have had his hands dangling off the side of the boat.
“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,” said fire department spokesman Bo Jones, adding that the man lost the tip of his ring finger down to the bottom of the nail, while his pinky was gone down to the first knuckle.
The man (whose personal information has not been released, though he is in his 40s) was treated at Celebration Hospital before being released.
5. “Pirates” was shut down for several hours after the accident, causing major traffic jams in the Adventureland section of the park.
Park officials conducted a thorough inspection of the ride and determined that it was safe for operation.
6. There was another serious incident on the ride in 2005 that resulted in an elderly woman’s death.
The 77-year-old woman died after losing consciousness during the ride. She had already suffered several mini-strokes prior to the accident and was in poor health overall, according to the coroner’s report.