We’ve all heard a wild tale or two of a boating mishap, but we weren’t prepared for how unbelievable some of these True Stories were when we gathered them from our audience. This tale begins on the Murray River in Bundalong, Australia, where a crew of nine all loaded into their new boat late one night, charted for a nearby tavern for some more drinks. Six of the nine boarded the vessel directly into the bow, and remained there to avoid getting their dirty shoes in the boat. Once underway, water started pouring in over the bow. In a desperate attempt to induce bow rise, the driver accelerated abruptly, burying the nose of the boat even further under the water. As the boat sank, everyone abandoned ship except for the driver, who put on some music, cranked up the volume, and went down in style — honoring the saying that “a true captain goes down with his ship.” Meanwhile the remaining passengers were left to swim against the current, and four of them ended up more than 100 meters downriver. To add to the chaos, a good Samaritan blasted out of the darkness on a PWC to offer help, unaware of the remaining passengers still in the water. In a stroke of pure luck, the boat was recovered and no one was injured in the debacle.