CAPTAINS ABANDONING THEIR SHIPS - Jacqui's Random Scrawlings - Missive 1

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CAPTAINS ABANDONING THEIR SHIPS - Jacqui's Random Scrawlings - Missive 1

It's amazing how these ship's captains manage to pull this off -

First we had Greek Captain Yiannis Avranas of the Oceanos which capsized off the east coast of South Africa in August 1991, he was criticized by passengers for leaving them behind with only the ship's onboard entertainers to help them evacuate. Avranas said he had to leave the ship first in order to  supervise the rescue from a helicopter! He said that the "ship was in darkness and the batteries and the crew's walkie-talkies had died". He was quoted as saying "When I order abandon the ship, it doesn't matter what time I leave. Abandon is for everybody. If some people like to stay, they can stay". Thanks to the massive efforts of the onboard entertainers and the South African Air force and Navy everyone (571 people) survived.  

 

   

Then came came the infamous Captain Schettino of the Costa Concordia  who "accidentally fell into the lifeboat" while passengers (including the elderly and families with small children) scrambled down the side - equivalent to several floors high at a precarious angle. Thus giving us possibly the most entertaining (under the circumstances) tirades of all time as Italian Coast Guard official, Captain De Falco from the Livorno port authority let rip at  Captain Schettino with rising hysteria (deservedly) and as only an Italian could do so well, while Schettino continued to bob around in the lifeboat below even after Captain De Falco who had taken control of the rescue ordered him to climb back onto the ship. 

 

Now we have the Captain of the South Korean ferry Sewol who has yet to let us know what his excuse is; it has been reported that he may have been one of the first to leave the ship. While his passengers, most of them children were told to stay put, he clearly disobeyed his own orders. As this tragedy continues to unfold Captain Lee Jun-Seok is safely on shore with close to 300 still unaccounted for.

Passengers put themselves in the hands of Captains every day around the world, both sea and air and for the most part arrive at their destinations safely which considering the traffic is remarkable. While this latest tragedy at sea is taking place, we are still focused on what is considered of the greatest air mystery of all time (MH370), involving a passenger jet with so many people on board. It is unfortunate as he is not here to defend himself but pundits are now seriously wondering if the Captain himself was responsible for this. 

Jacqui ..... Just saying
Keep travelling and be careful out there

My wife Jacqui is an intelligent "free spirited" lady who definitely marches to the tune of her own band.
Jacqui is not interested in the technicalities of blogging, so I publish "Jacqui's Random Scrawlings" on her behalf.

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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John Wiley
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Dane, great stories of the actions of various Captains in time of peril. It raises the question in my mind: How do we perform in tough times with the people who depend on us?

Make it a great weekend.

Apr 18, 2014 10:46 PM #1
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Dane Human
A great question John. Thank you for your comment. It makes one wonder. I love Real Estate and although I am a realtor now, for the longest time I was an Airline pilot flying the big jets and in our profession it was "a given" that the last person to leave the "ship" so to speak, was the Captain. No giving directions from a safer haven. Dane
Apr 19, 2014 02:07 AM #2
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Doriothy McBain
I find this so interesting...it has made me look deeper into the reactions of even captains when their lives are threatened...I have been putting myself in that position and would like to think I would put my passengers first....I would like to think that I would be the one to leave after assuring every one else was safe...I think I would because I couldn't live with consequences. I am so enjoying your blogs...thank you so much Jacqui and Dane..Dorothy
Apr 21, 2014 03:01 AM #3
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