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Fact Check: Viral Video Of Cruise Boat Sinking In Bahamas Erroneously Shared As An Incident From Tanzania


A video depicting a cruise ship purportedly sinking in the Tanzanian sea is widely shared on social media with a caption: “A live video of a cruise drowning in the sea of Tanzania has gone viral on social media. Oh, Oh, Oh, Lord Parameswara”. 

Here’s the link to the viral post


NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be MISLEADING. 

Running the viral video keyframes through the Google Reverse Image Search, the NM team traced several media reports describing the incident. According to an article by the CNN, the incident occurred in the Bahamas on November 16, 2023. A boat carrying tourists to the Blue Lagoon Island capsized near Nassau’s Paradise Island. The video went viral on social media after a woman on the boat, Kelly Schissel, recorded and shared it.

Searching further, we found that Kelly Schissel took to social media and uploaded photos and videos of the incident with a caption “Our ferry sank on the way to Blue Lagoon Island”. A comparison between the viral video and the original video can be seen below.

Thus, it is evident from the above information that a video of a boat sinking in the Bahamas is falsely shared as an incident from Tanzania. 

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