No one knows whether the Loch Ness monster is actually real, but one tour company has finally decided not to take any chances.
Jacobite Cruises, a Loch Ness tour company that ferries over 100,000 sightseers across the lake each year, has finally purchased some monster collision insurance: About $1.5 million worth for its fleet of tour boats.
According to The Sun, Jacobite bosses inked the deal with Iverness insurance company Towergate Moray Firth last week on the 80th anniversary of the very first sighting of the Loch Ness monster.
It definitely seems unconventional, and Jacobite’s owner, Freda Newton, admitted as much in an interview. Newton doubts a monster collision would actually happen, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared:
“I don’t know what the odds of this actually happening might be but this is Loch Ness and how silly would we look if it did and we weren’t covered for it?” she said.
“I hope we never have to make a claim and if Nessie does make another appearance, she gives our boats a wide berth.”
Towergate Moray Firth director Bob Jack admitted that the request was strange:
“This is probably the most unusual insurance request we have ever had, but we were delighted to provide cover to Jacobite Cruises,” he said.
“I’m sure everyone who sets sail on the loch would settle for a sighting of Nessie rather than a much closer encounter. We wish Jacobite, their passengers and crews many more happy voyages on the loch without any claims on this policy.”
“Nessie,” the affectionate nickname for the Loch Ness monster, brings about $93 million a year in tourist revenue to Iverness.