A truck driver from Stranraer in Scotland had a narrow escape when he tried to disembark from a ferry heading for Belfast whilst the ferry was at sea.
Cam McLuckie had driven onto the ferry in Stranraer heading for Belfast to deliver a year's supply of shamrocks to Ireland, but had remembered that he had forgotten to turn the oven off at home; decided he would attempt to return home, and drove back out of the ferry as the doors were closing and the ship was setting off.
The massive hydraulic system lifted the truck clear into the air leaving McLuckie hanging out the back of the boat with a good view of the Irish Sea and a disappearing coastline.
Passengers reported hearing a terrific bang as the ship set off, but the boat set off anyway. The noise dismissed as 'one of those things'.
When five miles out of Stranraer harbour, the pilot told the captain that the ship 'felt funny' and an investigation was undertaken, culminating in somebody looking off of the back of the boat where McLuckie's cab could be seen sticking out. The ferry beat a hasty retreat to Scotland where McLuckie was freed, along with his new flatbed truck.
"I feel I have lived up to my name," said McLuckie afterwards. "However, I had left the oven on, and my house has burned to the ground. Swings and roundabouts, really."