By Andrew Bushe
DUBLIN – The prospect of Leonardo DiCaprio copycats trying a daredevil Titanic act on the bow-rails of vessels in the Irish Sea is not causing concern to shipping companies despite an alert by a ferry association.
The warning has been issued by the Passenger Vessel Association,
which said crews should watch out for copycat heroes.
It follows several cases of people trying to mimic the scene in the movie “Titanic” when the Di Caprio character and his new-found love,
played by Kate Winslet, defy danger on the bow rail of the speeding liner.
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A spokesman for the Stena Line said it would be impossible on their Dun Laoghaire-Holyhead and Rosslare-Fishguard vessels as they were sealed ferries.
“There is a back deck to which passengers have access to smoke, but throwing out your arms there doesn’t have much of a romantic feel about it,” he said. “As far as I am aware we have had no one has trying to emulate Leonardo DiCaprio there.”
An Irish Ferries spokesman said the bows of their vessels were
only accessible with great difficulty.
“Passengers are simply not allowed near the bow. The safety of passengers is very important to us and any members of the public trying to get to the bow rail area would be immediately seen from the bridge.
“We obviously would not be keen on any lovers trying it,” he said.