"Hit a sandbank", my ass. That ship gouged a 90 metre gash in its side. That means it hit sharp rocks at speed. It's very tragic, and from some of the reports I'm seeing, the captain's behaviour was not up to par:
"The Italian captain
of the cruise ship that ran aground -- killing three people and injuring 20 more -- was arrested late Saturday and is being investigated for abandoning ship and manslaughter
, said a local prosecutor in Grosetto, Italy
Abandoning ship is the more serious of the potential charges, authorities said...
Authorities were looking at why the ship didn't hail a mayday during the accident
near the Italian island of Giglio on Friday night, officials said.,,,The ship was 2.5 miles off route when it struck a rocky sandbar, according to the Italian Coast Guard. Local fishermen say the island coast of Giglio is known for its rocky sea floor.
I really hate modern cruise ships and the half-assed, cheap
way they are run and crewed. Why not put pontoons and a giant outboard
on a Bahamian hotel
? You get the same effect. There can be no excuse these days for this sort of incident. Watchkeeping? Radar
? Depth alarm
? This reminds me of the Andrea Doria incident
, except that seaworthiness engineering was not as well understood in the 1950s as now. Still, if the ship "falls over", half your lifeboats are usually unusable.
Good grief, the thing's got the lines of a masochist's suppository. I would be ashamed to be seen on it, never mind to die because some idiot wasn't doing his job. A very sad and, I would think, easily avoidable incident. As in "look out the bloody window" avoidable.