A sea of bananas threatened yachtsmen off the Dutch coast last week.

A sea of bananas threatened yachtsmen off the Dutch coast last week. At least six containers full of Cuban bananas fell overboard from a ship bringing them to Europe, spilling their contents into the sea.

The banana tide drifted ashore on Terschelling and the Ameland Islands, as a result of which banoffee pie is said to have become almost a staple diet for the islanders. Boats cruising through the sea of bananas were fortunate that the fruit didn’t block engine inlets or thruster tunnels.

Otherwise their owners might have been tempted to sing the ‘Banana boat’ song: “Six foot, seven foot, eight foot bunch. Daylight come and me wan’ go home.”