The captain and crew sailing the Sabuk Nusantara ferry to new owners got the task done and then some.

In this Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, photo, Indonesian youths walk past Sabuk Nusantara 39 ship which was swept ashore by the tsunami in Wani village on the outskirt of Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. The crew of the hulking ferry dropped by the tsunami in front of a row of houses in an Indonesian village say the wave that drove them onto land was a towering 10-15 meters or higher and came just several minutes after a quake made the ship bounce like a basketball. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

The hulking ship was bounced like a basketball as a massive earthquake rocked an Indonesian island.

In this Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, photo, a crew member looks out of the window from the bridge of Sabuk Nusantara 39 which was swept ashore by the tsunami in Wani village on the outskirt of Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. The crew of the hulking ferry dropped by the tsunami in front of a row of houses in an Indonesian village say the wave that drove them onto land was a towering 10-15 meters or higher and came just several minutes after a quake made the ship bounce like a basketball. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
In this Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, photo, crew members stand on the bridge of Sabuk Nusantara 39 which was swept ashore by the tsunami in Wani village on the outskirt of Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. The crew of the hulking ferry dropped by the tsunami in front of a row of houses in an Indonesian village say the wave that drove them onto land was a towering 10-15 meters or higher and came just several minutes after a quake made the ship bounce like a basketball. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

A week after the magnitude 7.5 quake and tsunami, the captain and 20 crew remain on the ferry, waiting for a decision on whether it can be put back to sea.

In this Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, photo, a crew member stands on the bridge of Sabuk Nusantara 39 which was swept ashore by the tsunami in Wani village on the outskirt of Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia Indonesia. The crew of the hulking ferry dropped by the tsunami in front of a row of houses in an Indonesian village say the wave that drove them onto land was a towering 10-15 meters or higher and came just several minutes after a quake made the ship bounce like a basketball. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
In this Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, photo, Indonesian men carry car tires past Sabuk Nusantara 39 which was swept ashore by the tsunami in Wani village on the outskirt of Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. The crew of the hulking ferry dropped by the tsunami in front of a row of houses in an Indonesian village say the wave that drove them onto land was a towering 10-15 meters or higher and came just several minutes after a quake made the ship bounce like a basketball. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

To the crew, the sudden drop in water level was bewildering and it seemed like the Earth was rising. Petty officer Imat saw the ground get higher and the pier had collapsed, then “I could see a wave, a dark high wave” he couldn’t imagine.

In this Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, photo, crew members chat on the bridge of Sabuk Nusantara 39 which was swept ashore by the tsunami in Wani village on the outskirt of Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. A week after the magnitude 7.5 quake and tsunami hit central Sulawesi, the crew of the ferry remain on board, waiting for an assessment team to arrive and decide if the ship, its propeller jutting out over the waterfront, could be put back to sea. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

The captain estimated the ferry now lies about 50 meters (yards) from its original position at the dock.

Source: The Associated Press

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