Although I'm not surprised a drunken idiot tried to do this, I'm a bit surprised he managed to actually to pull it off. Dropping an anchor on a large ship isn't exactly a 2 minute job and it's also not something you'd be able to do in a drunken stupor. Assuming it wasn't already set to let go (and that's unlikely) you have to lift
the riding pawl, remove the devil's claw
, and then back off the brake on the windlass
. This usually takes some strength and a very large wrench. Plus, every ship I've been on can either see the windlass
from the bridge or at the very least has a video camera
it. Not that the ship's crew is at fault here (drunken passengers will always find a way to surprise you no matter what you do to protect their safety) but I bet cruise ship security
measures will likely change on account of this incident.
As for the idiot that caused the ruckus, he should be sent to a Mexican jail to serve his time. Two months in a Mexican jail should sober his sorry butt pretty nicely.