Tuesday February 24th, 2015

Natural elements have done what a crimson tide and a flock of ducks couldn't: stop Urban Meyer.

The Ohio State football coach is currently stuck at sea with a group of Buckeye supporters who came out for the annual Buckeye Cruise for Cancer aboard the Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas, as fog has halted the ship's 2,500 passengers circling in the Gulf of Mexico.

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The ship was due in port Monday, but intense fog has kept it in a holding pattern about 20 miles off the coast. The latest weather advisory, according to The Columbus Dispatch, indicates the fog won't lift until at least 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Former Ohio State defensive back Dustin Fox is on board the ship, and shared the following update Tuesday morning:

Fog update. Still can't see. Had to cancel another flight. #stuckatsea

A photo posted by Dustin Fox (@dustinfox37) on

​Fortunately, it seems as though the ship's passengers are OK.

“We are good. No worries,” Meyer texted to The Dispatch late this morning when asked for a status update. “We raised upward of $2 million for The James. 

“However, we are ready to get home.” 

"The James" is referencing The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center -- Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, which along with the Urban & Shelley Meyer Fund for cancer research, receives the funds from the annual fundraiser.

This year's event sure sounds memorable.

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