On Tuesday, 12/30/14, I went to my friend Nick's house for a sleep over. It was a very windy day. He greeted me at his door, and we quickly rushed inside. I said hello to his mom and younger brother, then hobbled upstairs to play Minecraft with Nick. We were playing for a good five minutes until the WiFi broke.
I ran through some trouble shooting steps, and resolved that it was an issue with the router. I went downstairs with Nick and told his mom to restart the router. She did, and the WiFi was back online. Hurray! We climbed back up the stairs and played Minecraft for another good five minutes. Then, the WiFi broke again. We frustratingly told Nick's mom, and she restarted the router. This time, it didn't work. We strongly suspected that the extremely powerful wind was the culprit. Finally, as we were deciding what to do, Nick's mom looked out the window. She cried, "Oh my god! Our boat! Look at our boat!" We all rushed to the window to look. The side dock was completely ripped off from the main dock. We all gasped. The wind was stronger than expected. We all rushed down to the dock to find a way to fix it. On the dock, we found the white box that contained ropes, a hose, and other things inside, completely submerged in the water. The "step" that Nick's dad had built to get onto the boat also contained items, and was on the verge of falling into the water, losing trinkets and useful tools forever. The "step" and all its contents seemed utterly doomed. It and its contents were too heavy to lift from the awkward position, and if we did lift it, we would not have been able to save the contents inside, which would just fall out. We trudged back inside, anxious about what would happen. We called Nick's dad, and told him the situation. After Nick's dad came back, he secured the step in place by tying it to the dock, but he was unable to lift it up. After watching Nick's dad prevent the "step" from falling in, Nick and I walked upstairs, glad to see the WiFi working again.
The next day, the Dock Master came with his "gang" and attempted to rescue the items. However, they failed quite miserably. The Dock Master climbed onto the side dock, which had turtled over night, and grabbed a hold of the step. The rest of his gang started to pull the side dock towards the main dock. In the process, most of the items inside the step fell out into the harbor, and soon only the step and the Dock Master were the ones to get off the side dock. The items inside did not survive. Sadly, stuff was lost, but the initial panic was over. The boat was safe, had minimal scratches, and the Dock Master promised to reimburse Nick's family with all the objects they lost. Finally, I went home, told my parents about this shocking event, and decided to write about it.