Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Stricken cruise liner captain abandon ship before passengers and then refused to go back when ordered, how many lives did he cost?
In ye olde days, a Captain was expected to go down with his ship or at least be the last man off, women and children would be placed in the lifeboats first.
However times change and Francesco Schettino, the Costa Concordia's captain decided to abandon ship and leave the passengers to their fate.
Hundreds of people placed in danger because he didn’t do his job.
He allegedly mislead the coastguard as to numbers of passengers still trapped on the ship, but allegedly was said to be willing to return to pick up the black box.
The crew mutinied when they realise that the Captain was incapable of handling the situation and gave the order to abandon the stricken vessel.
Proof of the 'mutiny' came from coastguard vessels at the scene, who reported seeing several lifeboats in the water before Schettino had officially given the order at just before 11pm.
Safety of passengers should have been his top priority, why wasn’t it.
A Coastguard source said:
“Ten minutes is just not enough time to have launched the number of boats that were seen in the water. That's why we believe that once the ship had started to list, crew members realised the seriousness of the situation and ordered passengers to the lifeboats ahead of the captain giving the order.”
Society is collapsing into a nasty, personal me me me society, Captain Francesco Schettino is just an example how society is breaking and collapsing as moral and civic values collapse.
What a pathetic individual.
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University