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The pirates anchored in Hamilton harbour did not even take mercy on the Right Reverend Nick Dill, the Anglican Bishop of Bermuda, as he was forced to walk the plank and plunge into the choppy waters below.

But the man of God took his punishment with aplomb, dressed as Moses, sporting a flowing black wig and handy staff.

Once in the pull of the current, crowds on the harbour-side shouted for him to try and part the waters, which he valiantly attempted with his trusted staff.

Ahoy, me hearties!: The Right Reverend Nicholas Dill, Anglican Bishop of Bermuda, walks the plank at the Pirates of Bermuda event to raise money for the Bermuda Sloop Foundation. (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Pirates of Bermuda event raising money for the Bermuda Sloop Foundation (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Families turned out on the waterside to witness the cut-throat spectacle as online donations had decided which of the participating “hostages” would be saved and which would meet a watery fate.

People giving money online were asked to choose whether they wanted the contestants taking part rescued, or forced overboard in the Pirates of Bermuda Walk the Plank extravaganza.

For many more pictures, click here.

Whichever option received the most donations sealed the person’s fate.

Pirates of Bermuda event raising money for the Bermuda Sloop Foundation(Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

However, seemingly everybody ended up in the drink whether the pirates were supposed to save them or not.

Senator Lindsay Simmons got carried away with the drama of it all and without waiting for the pirates to do the dirty work, pushed fellow member of the Upper House Arianna Hodgson into the water, before following her overboard.

Among other “hostages” taking part were Charles Jeffers II, head of the Bermuda Tourism Authority, and Jache Adams, the PLP MP.

Pirates of Bermuda 2022 (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Pirates of Bermuda event raising money for the Bermuda Sloop Foundation (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

The three-hour event today saw all proceeds go to the Bermuda Sloop Foundation education and character development programme on Spirit of Bermuda.

Pirates of Bermuda 2022 (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Pirates of Bermuda 2022 (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Pirates of Bermuda event raising money for the Bermuda Sloop Foundation (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

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Published April 25, 2022 at 7:58 am (Updated April 25, 2022 at 7:58 am)

Ahoy, me hearties! Hostages take the plunge off the pirate’s plank to raise money for charity

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