The members of Echo Park Yacht Club gathered this weekend to sail their model boats at Echo Park Lake when a pirate ship owned by Nick Onassis, the “admiral” of the yacht club, got stuck in the lake’s new wetlands near Echo Park Avenue. In order to salvage the ship, Onassis not only swam across the lake but, as the mobile phone video above shows, he appears to have walked across the water’s surface to carry out the rescue.
It looks like Onassis was able to walk on top of some of new walls and raised planter beds that are submerged just below the water line (or perhaps Onassis has some special powers as admiral). Some other park visitors have been seen standing atop these walls since the lake reopened last month after a two-year closure and clean up.
Onassis “basically had no choice but to take his Chucks off, hand his iPhone and keys over and dive in,” said Julia Fraden, a fellow yacht club member who shot the video “Everyone started cheering him on. It was epic.”
After a swim and stroll across Echo Park Lake, both Onassis and his pirate ship made it back to shore, she said.