Help me identify these mystery vessels!
August 23, 2010 5:57 AM Subscribe
I took the night ship from Oslo to Copenhagen last week. When we were about an hour out of Oslo, two of these
boats came up on us out of nowhere, spent nearly an hour zooming up and down the length of the ship and back and forth across the wake, then abruptly vanished. Who were they and what, exactly, were they doing?
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The first boat had about ten people on it, in two single-file rows of five, plus a driver, and the second boat (photographed above) had slightly fewer people. All were wearing identical florescent yellow jackets and black pants, and everyone was sort of straddling a domed seat and hanging onto a bar in front of them for security.
They did not attempt to touch or communicate with the ship in any way that I could see, just drove around it nonstop and at high speed for nearly an hour and then suddenly fell back and were gone.
A lot of passengers on deck were snapping photographs, but nobody seemed to who they were or why they were there.
Can anyone provide any insight? Was it a drill or practice of some kind, and if so, for what? My curiousity is killing me here.