The next morning, I find out about Costa Concordia... It's absolutely terrifying that something like that could happen... I understand an accident as well as the next person, but it's not like this was a small boat that simply got too close... He was WAY too close, and he knew better. An experienced ship captain, he knew he was too close, but took the risk anyway, apparently to salute a friend he was on the phone with!!! It's NOT a car... You can just wave in passing... it's a MASSIVE ship, and you're a speck! You're also in charge of THOUSANDS of lives, and should be more dedicated to keeping those people alive and safe in your charge. But no, apparently captains can salute friends, and pilots can drink on the job, because those massive modes of transportation can control themselves, right? Why do you expect a lifeless object to have more ability to control itself than you have???
While I've brought up drunk pilots, how often has this happened? How many pilots trust the plane to stay airborne while they doze or play games or whatever they do in that locked cabin? And people wonder why I will never fly...
Back to the Captain of the Costa Concordia... He managed to get off of the ship. What happened to "the captain goes down with the ship" and all of that? Is that just a thing of the past? Anyway, he managed to find his way to a lifeboat... And when questioned about that, he had a VERY interesting explanation... He "tripped" and "landed" in a lifeboat... Conveniently. Apparently he thinks everyone is actually dumb enough to buy that... The sad thing is, he had almost a week to come up with a decent excuse for his actions, and THAT was the best he got???
This is a tragedy, and I expect his selfish actions to be punished. He put thousands of lives in danger, and was the cause of several deaths. Unfortunately, at least 11 people have died from this "salute" and at least 60 others were injured. And the search continues for the missing, though they're not expecting to find any survivors at this point.
Have you ever taken a cruise? Would you consider taking one now? Has this tragedy changed your mind about a cruise? I would love to hear from you!Tweet