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1 Mostly sane, most of the time.  Wed, Jan 18, 2012 9:42:18am

Honestly, I keep trying to figure out how such a doofus became the captain of such a large ship.

I would think that such an expensive ship would have had a little bit better of a captain.

2 Buck  Wed, Jan 18, 2012 9:43:27am

I am going on a cruise February 2nd for 14 days.

Am I worried? Not at all. This accident/disaster was in fact handled extremely well. My heart goes out to the families of the people who were lost. The loss is made worse because this was a vacation.

However the safety of the people on board was always the first priority for the crew, and more than 99% of the souls on board were saved.

It is still a great record.

3 Vicious Babushka  Wed, Jan 18, 2012 10:21:56am

I have never craved the experience of a cruise ship vacation, but I'll admit that it's just not my cup of tea. If I was really that concerned about safety I wouldn't drive on the I-80.

4 Joanne  Wed, Jan 18, 2012 10:40:27am

Let's see...Captain Sullenberger vs. Captain Schettino.

Would I freak out? Possibly (although I tend to be super cool during stressful moments, when I should be freaking out, don't ask me why, no clue). But you should not be captain if you have the potential to freak out. Honestly, you are responsible for over 4000 lives. There should be personality stress tests or something when you have someone responsible for that many people's lives.

5 SanFranciscoZionist  Wed, Jan 18, 2012 11:00:08am

This is actually something I've given some thought to, because one of the things you practice for when you're a classroom teacher is a shooter on campus. (That this has happened enough that we have practice and procedures for it...)

There are situations in which your own survival cannot be a first priority because the survival of people entrusted to your care has to come first. Soldiers accept this all the time. So do ship's captains. Yes, he will be vilified. Because he didn't do what he signed on to do, and people died. Yes, it may have been panic. That explains it, it doesn't excuse it.

Does the author of this piece really think they're giving us some special new information about panic reactions that no one's ever heard before?

6 Sionainn  Wed, Jan 18, 2012 12:34:42pm

re: #2 Buck

I am going on a cruise February 2nd for 14 days.

Am I worried? Not at all. This accident/disaster was in fact handled extremely well. My heart goes out to the families of the people who were lost. The loss is made worse because this was a vacation.

However the safety of the people on board was always the first priority for the crew, and more than 99% of the souls on board were saved.

It is still a great record.

When passengers have to yell at the crew to lower the damn lifeboats, that's a huge problem.

7 Wik  Wed, Jan 18, 2012 4:05:27pm

I hear Joe Hazelwood (Exxon Valdez) will be hiring Schettino for... oh forget it , it's too easy...

8 Eclectic Infidel  Wed, Jan 18, 2012 5:36:06pm

Wow. I watched some other video on Vicious Babushka and ended up watching something about women in bikinis firing high powered rifles.

9 Buck  Thu, Jan 19, 2012 2:33:39pm

re: #6 Sionainn

When passengers have to yell at the crew to lower the damn lifeboats, that's a huge problem.

I will wait for the full report and review of what happened by Captain James Hunn before I accept rumour and innuendo about what really happened. We do not know for example that any delay in lowering lifeboats caused any harm to passengers or crew.

We do know some facts. We know that more than 99% of the people (passengers and crew) survived. That fact is what I referring to.


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