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.