A desperate mom was filmed as she dropped to her knees when a cruise ship left her and her husband behind while their three children were on board.
The incident, which occurred on April 21, was caught on camera by passengers on board the Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship in the Bahamas.
The 4,000-passenger ship was dockside preparing to depart for New York when the woman’s husband noticed she was missing.
He was driven away in a buggy to look for her, leaving their three children on board.
Minutes later, the ship’s horn blew as it sailed off. The couple tried racing back to the ship but it was too late.
Passenger Jaron Frieden shot the video. He told IE: "The wife came over and was basically begging and yelling: 'Hey, I have got kids!' Then she dropped to her knees and started praying."
Norwegian Cruise Lines told IE in a statement: “the children were never left alone. Their uncle was on board and he accompanied them back to New York.”
The cruise line added: "The ship went beyond normal protocol and waited an additional half hour. It was decided the husband would disembark with their travel documents to wait for his wife."
Travel expert Mark Murphy told IE: "It is the woman's fault for not getting back on time. It is not the cruise ship's fault. It is not the captain's fault. It is not the cruise line's fault. Everybody knows the posted time to get back and that ship is on a schedule, it is going to go."