'#KarmaIsReal': Boaters Harass Family With Pride Flag Moments Before Vessel Catches Fire

A boat caught fire with three people on board after they allegedly circled another boat and harassed its passengers for displaying LGBTQ pride flags. The boaters with the pride flags, who rescued the injured from the water, have described the incident as an act of karma.

Twitter user @retro_ushi_, who identifies as trans and queer, told the story on social media and said: "These people harassed my family because we were flying gay pride flags in Moses Lake, Washington, by racing around us and shouting gay slurs. Then, their boat literally blew up! #KarmaIsReal"

They added: "And just ONE more tidbit to really drive the karma in there. The driver literally s*** his pants and everyone saw when his shorts fell off in the water."

A video of the incident, posted on Monday, has been viewed more than 4.7 million times and liked more than 1.2 million times on TikTok.

These people harassed my family because we were flying gay pride flags in Moses Lake Washington, by racing around us and shouting gay slurs. Then, their boat literally blew up! #KarmaIsReal pic.twitter.com/cN7L74pHS6

— πŸ³οΈβ€βš§οΈβ„‚π• π•€π•žπ•šπ•” β„π• π•“π•“π•šπ•–β­ (@retro_ushi_) May 31, 2021

The video sees a boat circling another displaying pride flags, as a woman riding in the back of the former holds up her middle finger. The next shot sees smoke coming from the vessel as the three passengers swim towards the TikTok user's boat.

It then bursts into flames before police arrive and put out the fire, though the vessel was already "charred to a crisp" by the time they arrived. The burned boat can then be seen floating past, its inside completely black.

The Twitter user @retro_ushi_ believes that the boat blew up, "because they were driving around us so roughly, they either damaged their carburetor or took in water and stalled. Then fumes built up and when they tried to speed away, the fumes ignited."

The people in the boat were reportedly hurt and burned and were screaming for help "as if they didn't just flip us off while trying to make waves and jumble us around," said @retro_ushi_ on Twitter.

On TikTok, @retro_ushi_ confirmed that they "got them out of the water immediately," adding: "We were nicer than they were."

In response to someone who wanted to know how the conversation went once they were helped onto the boat, @retro_ushi_ said: "You mean the screaming and crying that victims do when they throw a rock at the wall and it bounces back? She was hysterical."

As well as reportedly "screaming hysterically," the injured group did not thank their rescuers, who called 911.

Several TikTok users had other ideas about what should have done, like one comment that has amassed more than 32,000 likes, which said: "Why help—being the bigger person is overrated lol I would've sailed away into the sunset."

Newsweek has contacted @retro_ushi_ for comment.

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Stock image of a rainbow pride flag. A group of boaters who allegedly harassed a family for displaying a pride flag had to be rescued by the same family when their boat burst into flames. mbolina/Getty