Cruise Captain “Stumbled” into a Lifeboat
There are some stories I just can’t get enough of. The cruise ship running aground off the coast of Italy and her cowardly captain is definitely one of them. As long as we see the helpless ship lying on its side in the water, hear the incredulous comments made by the captain, and read the heartbreaking stories of those who died, this story will remain fresh in our minds.
First, the captain. The New York Daily News put it this way: “The saga of the liner Costa Concordia veered from tragedy to farce Wednesday when her cowardly captain explained that he never meant to abandon ship — he merely tripped and fell into a lifeboat.” Here’s what Captain Francesco Schettino said:
“The passengers were crowding the decks, storming the boats. I didn’t even have a life jacket because I gave it to one of the passengers. I was trying to get them into the boats in orderly fashion. Suddenly, because the ship was tilted 60-70 degrees, I stumbled and ended up in one of the lifeboats. That’s why I was there.”
Tripped and fell into a lifeboat. That would be good slapstick if the whole thing wasn’t so tragic. And the tragic stories of the victims are now being told. And they echo the worst cruise liner disaster of them all — the Titanic (when band members played on as the ship sank into the icy waters of the Atlantic). The NY Daily News reported that a “musician, Italian rock drummer Giuseppe Girolamo, is among the two dozen people still missing. He reportedly gave up his seat in a lifeboat to a child before vanishing into the crowd on deck.” And ABC News reports one of the 11 confirmed dead (figure could go higher) is a Hungarian violinist who helped save children. 38-year-old Sandor Feher was an entertainer on the cruise ship. Here’s a YouTube video of one of his performances:
As I mentioned at the beginning, we won’t stop talking or reading about this tragedy, as long as we see that cruise ship lying on its side. A satellite snapped a remarkable view of the shipwreck from space. The photo was taken Tuesday by a satellite operated by DigitalGlobe.