When they said to drop the anchor, they didn't mean onto the drive shaft.
Even in a day and age where it's become easy to manufacture the truth, we've all had some experience with running over an anchor rope, so this may come as no surprise. It's just that this guy has taken it to the next level of bad!
There's a lot to be said for using an anchor bridle, especially on larger boats, so it's not out of the question that the lack of one may be the case here. If you've ever had to dig out or cut a rope from your boat's drive shaft or propeller, you'll be able to feel this guy's pain.
Now take a moment to look and see what can happen when an anchor chain becomes entangled in a boat prop, or in this case, part of the drive shaft. Wait until you see where the anchor ended up!
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Posted by Oceaneer Marine on Sunday, September 9, 2018
The sad answer is yes! Even that anchor stuck up on the stern was probably due to the force of the engine power once the shaft and prop had grabbed hold of that chain.
Have you ever seen a chain so wrapped in a drive shaft like this? Let's hope that this only cost them a tow, and not much more.