Eerie shipwreck seen on Google Maps off island belonging to savage killer tribe
A Google Maps user has spotted a mysterious shipwreck floating off a picturesque Indian island – but the story of how it got there is nothing short of terrifying.
Reddit user @prolelol posted a short clip of his discovery to a channel dedicated to Google Maps discoveries yesterday.
It shows a partially submerged ship that appears to have run ashore off North Sentinel Island.
Despite being taken on a satellite above Earth, it’s clear the wreckage has been there for some time as rust is starting to form.
There is nothing unusual about spotting shipwrecks on Google Maps, but this one has a rather chilling backstory.
North Sentinel Island, part of the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal, is home to the Sentinelese – an indigenous people who have been cut off from modern civilization for thousands of years.
Visitors are strictly prohibited and, when tourists do manage to find their way there, they are met with violence and sometimes even death.
Australian cargo ship The Primrose was transporting chicken feed from Bangladesh when it was hit by a terrifying storm before eventually running aground on a coral reef off the island on August 2, 1981.
Several days later, a crew member noticed movement on the beach.
“They were small men, well-built, frizzy-haired and black,” reporter Adam Goodheart wrote, in a story in the American Scholar from 2000. “They were naked except for narrow belts that circled their waists.”
“And they were holding spears, bows and arrows which they had begun waving in a manner that seemed not altogether friendly.”
Fearing for their lives, Captain Lieu made a desperate call to Regent Shipping Company’s offices in Hong Hong asking for an airdrop of firearms to defend themselves.
“'Wild men, estimate more than 50, carrying various homemade weapons are making two or three wooden boats,” his message read.
“Worrying they will board us at sunset. All crew members' lives not guaranteed.”
While the treacherous weather fortunately kept the Sentinelese at bay, it also stopped rescue crews from reaching them.
As they waited for help, the crew were forced to keep up a 24-hour guard with makeshift weapons – including a flare gun, axes and some lengths of pip.
The crew were thankfully rescued a week later by a helicopter and tugboat as the tribesmen watched from the shore.
The Primrose has been left behind, as seen in the Google Maps image, and it is believed the Sentinelese have since scavenged its metal to forge weapons.
But, unlike the ship’s crew, Christian missionary John Allen Chau, 27, was not so lucky when he encountered the tribe.
He visited the island believing he was on a mission from God in November 2018, but it ended in tragedy when he was killed in a bow an arrow attack shortly after arriving.
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