Originally Posted by Cotemar
Costa Concordia was only 300 meters (1000 feet)(one boat length) away from shore when she hit rocks. Captain
said it was uncharted, but it is a well know dive spot.
The distance is not 1000 ft (300 mtrs) but about half. Measure the proper distance using the scale of GM. But that's not the point.
The point is that he wanted to do a waiter from Giglio a favour by passing close by the Island.
Anyhow, in the interview the captain said, admitted, that he was about 150 mtr outside the shore of Giglio. The lack of visual awareness at night as well as the high position of the bridge and not plotting a proper course but following the electronic charting (the captain called it a "Tourist Navigation") did hit the boat the rocks of Le Scole.
It seems that there are still 14 persons trapped inside. If they still live nobody knows with certainty.
The search for the trapped passengers is still not under controlled direction.
The firebrigade' s divers are on board but left because the Concordia moved (only a few centimeters) but they panicked and left the boat.
This is poor business. Those firemen - even divers - are no specialists for this kind of job. Here you need high caliber divers with the very best gear
available. I am afraid that the diving-team of Smit Salvage
is still waiting till negotiations between the parties of Smit Salvage
and the beancounters of Costa are finished at cost of the pax inside.