Real Housewives Of New York is currently filming in the wake of Luann‘s arrest and rehab stay, so naturally their epic cast trip was postponed, and they were reduced to cruising on a subpar yacht and all getting seasick (and sick of each other) along with other, way more dangerous matters! Captain Lee did not come to the rescue obviously!
The cast (sans Luann apparently) is vacationing in Cartagena, Colombia and unfortunately day at sea turned into a disaster when their boat CAUGHT FIRE and literally began to sink! I’m guessing that in the midst of fearing for their lives there was no time for turtle time, but talk about an amazing metaphor for Real Housewives excursions (and Real Housewives relationships… ).
The ladies sensed problems from the beginning when they realized the boat was an old thing who’d never had a facelift. “Once they were ushered on board, the boat couldn’t even move. The anchor got stuck, so the crew had to saw the anchor off before they could sail anywhere,” reveals an insider. As if that wasn’t bad enough the boat’s seats weren’t properly secured, so those along with other things, “started flying about.”
“When they got out to sea, the engine caught fire. It was a huge blaze and the crew was fighting to put it out. They didn’t have a fire extinguisher nor did they speak English,” the insider continued. Once the fire was out, in the process of returning to land, the boat then started taking on water, “and there were only two or three life jackets for everyone on board.” This included the producers and film crew. So, um Bravo DOESN’T conduct safety checks?!
“They all thought they were going to die and they were hysterical,” Page Six reports. “Bethenny [Frankel], Ramona [Singer] and Dorinda [Medley] were soaked and screaming hysterically, Carole [Radziwill] and Tinsley [Mortimer] were literally throwing up from seasickness. They were far out to sea and they thought they were going down like the Titanic.” Talk about a Ramonacoaster!
The ladies were finally rescued by another passing boat. For Bethenny, this is actually her second disaster at sea, so maybe she needs to stay on land!
Shockingly, a Bravo rep confirms the incident did indeed take place. “The Real Housewives of New York City’ cast was recently on a boat in South America and encountered turbulent water,” their statement reveals. “Thankfully, everyone is fine and was able to continue their vacation as planned. The safety of our cast and crew is paramount and, to that end, we are doing a full investigation.” They’ve also offered the ladies counseling to deal with the trauma.
Well, so much for lifestyles of the rich and bravo-famous, but, as always, at least the RHONY trip will be epic!
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