Early in the morning of April 18, surfers aboard the Blue Star Surf Charter vessel in the Maldives had a rude awakening. The boat hit a reef and was taking on water fast. Boris Romann, a French surfer who was aboard, turned his phone’s camera on and began recording as he packed up his gear.
“Personally,” he wrote on Instagram, “I think it was the most stressful experience I ever had to deal with, because most of us had our rooms under the ocean surface level so the water was coming in really fast. I had all my photography materials, my computer, Go Pro, disk drives, SD cards, phone, passport, clothes, bags, etc. to pack as fast as I could without knowing how long that fucking boat would stay at the surface.”