Captain abandoned ship on the first life

17 Jan

“I can not believe the Captain abandoned ship on the first lifeboat. What a horrible tragedy.

What a coward. It’s actually against the law to abandon ship when you are the Captain until everyone else is off. I guess maybe he figured he would rather be arrested then die, but geez. He at least had the half a mind to steer the ship as close to land as possible before leaving everyone to fend for themselves.”

“3,206 passengers and roughly 1,000 crewmembers had been onboard when the ship began taking on water about 8 p.m. local time Friday. Costa said those onboard consisted of “about 1,000 of Italian nationality, over 500 Germans, about 160 French, 129 Americans and 1,000 crewmembers.”

The evacuation itself was far from an orderly affair, with glass flying through the air and a rush for lifeboats. Numerous passengers and crew jumped into the cold water and swam to shore to escape the listing vessel.

The incident occurred at dinnertime, recounts one passenger who told the ANSA

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2 Responses to “Captain abandoned ship on the first life”

  1. Vale Spa January 17, 2012 at 5:31 am #

    The incident occurred at dinnertime, recounts one passenger who told the ANSA news agency, “We were having supper when the lights suddenly went out, we heard a boom and a groaning noise, and all the cutlery fell on the floor.” Others called it a scene right out of “Titanic.” Passengers are complaining that they never received proper evacuation instructions and that the deployment of the lifeboats was delayed. By some reports, a full muster drill was to be conducted at 5 p.m. Saturday, well after the ship set sail from Civitavecchia.

    “Our own judgment is that the crew performed very well,” responded Foschi during the press conference. “We were able to evacuate, in two hours time, 4,200 people under very severe circumstances, with the ship listing to a degree that did not enable us to use both sides.””

    http://www.cruisecritic.co.uk/news/news.cfm?ID=4710#

  2. Vale Spa January 17, 2012 at 5:31 am #

    The incident occurred at dinnertime, recounts one passenger who told the ANSA news agency, “We were having supper when the lights suddenly went out, we heard a boom and a groaning noise, and all the cutlery fell on the floor.” Others called it a scene right out of “Titanic.” Passengers are complaining that they never received proper evacuation instructions and that the deployment of the lifeboats was delayed. By some reports, a full muster drill was to be conducted at 5 p.m. Saturday, well after the ship set sail from Civitavecchia.

    “Our own judgment is that the crew performed very well,” responded Foschi during the press conference. “We were able to evacuate, in two hours time, 4,200 people under very severe circumstances, with the ship listing to a degree that did not enable us to use both sides.””

    http://www.cruisecritic.co.uk/news/news.cfm?ID=4710#

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