NewsJan 18, 2018 by Alyssa Duvall
A nearly full-size replica of Noah’s ark broke free of its moorings during a storm in a Netherlands harbor last week, causing the massive vessel to crash into several other ships.
The ark’s current owner, Aad Peters, said that the storm's heavy winds tore the ark from the boulders it was moored to: “We had fastened it properly as we‘re used to storms. I don‘t know how it managed to break loose."
The ark, which is actually a wooden building resting on 21 steel barges, suffered only minor damage but wrecked a nearby ferry and several smaller ships. Seven people on the ark had to be removed by the Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution (KNRM), while a rabbit and a pair of snakes were left aboard during the storm. The ark was eventually towed back to its berth and reattached to the moorings.
This is not the first time the ark replica has endured a collision at sea. In June 2016, it collided with a Norwegian Coast Guard vessel in Oslo Harbor, causing severe damage to the wood cladding exterior.
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