Thread: Costa crash
View Single Post
  #12 (permalink)  
Old January 18th, 2012, 12:04 PM
MercedMike's Avatar
MercedMike MercedMike is offline
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 1,236
Exclamation Emergency

Quote:
Originally Posted by kaneals View Post
I'd love to think I'd be calm and collected, but I think the reality would depend on the circumstances....
I think in most cases that's where people start to panic. On the other hand, I think that's where hero's are born. Some people always seem to rise to the occasion. Just not the captain of that ship.
A well trained and competent officer should indeed stay calm and collected in an emergency. Airline pilots are well known for this, and presumably many many ship's captains have also done that.

But one circumstance that makes a big difference, land or sea, in any situation, is when you are trying to cover up your own guilt. It appears from the fragmentary reports that the Captain was instantly aware of his huge mistake and did his best to try to somehow minimize what he had done. Rather than contacting the Coast Guard right away and giving the Abandon Ship order in a timely fashion, he seems to have hoped that things would "work out" somehow and let him off the hook.
__________________
Mike

Check out our reviews and pics of our 41 cruises at
http://www.bully4.us/cruising.html
Reply With Quote