Watch a Massive Hailstorm Bombard a Helpless Little Fishing Skiff in the Bay of Naples, Italy

by Owen James Burke

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Imagine one of those landing on your noggin. Screenshot taken from Spazio Napoli’s Facebook video.

Like dive-bombing gannets, or perhaps small mortar rounds, these baseball-sized hailstones shot into the sea at warp-speed around this helpless little open fishing skiff yesterday morning, and like any good Napolitano fishermen, this crew got the camera rolling and stood strong. Okay, so maybe there wasn’t much else for them to do, but I’d have been down on the deck hiding underneath one of those fish crates.

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Note the steel spool standing proud on the bow–an excellent lightning conductor if I ever saw one. Screenshot taken from Spazio Napoli’s Facebook video.

Even as lightning strikes  and their fiberglass hull is pelted and dented through its gelcoat, you can hear the jolly–maniacal–laughter. Now this is the kind of boat you want to be on when everything goes wrong.

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