Reading to latest few threads people seem to getting more confused. It is now reported on all the media that the ship hit the outer seaward
ledge of la scole. The rock formation south of the port. It did not hit anything near the port itself.
The ship then carried on into near the actual port as in the 20 minutes it became obvious to the crew that the damage was mortal. The captain then anchored and swung the ship through 180 to ensure it listed towards the shore rather then sink in deep water
The ship remained largely upright for several hours allowing the crew with shoreside help to get over 4000 passengers off in around 2 hours, a very credible performance, reports of lack of organisation etc seem to be very far off the mark. No doubt language difficulties did not help, but it seemed the crew acted in a professional manner.
Reports today do not suggest many if any remain in the hull
. Most reports now put the number missing at 16 and it is expected that some are merely miscounted. While every death is a tragedy , the extremely low one here is a tribute to the efforts of the crew and position of the ship.
There is no doubt that the crazy reasons for coming so close will emerge. Those in charge will righty suffer significant consequences. I suspect this was purely human error not a failure of systems.
It Ill behoves those who criticise the rescue
services or the italian maritime investigation, the uninformed that think the NTSB is some standard bearer need to do a lot lot more reading. I'm sure the Italian investigation will be to the highest maritime standards and their penalties are very high.
It is now disputed whether the captain did leave the ship prematurely. As more eyewitness testimony comes to light, all will be revealed.
A forum such as this should not engage in denigrating rescue
or ill-informed conclusions nor use it to advance ones own prejudices on chars or what not. We are trying to understand what happened that's all