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Old March 25th, 2006, 11:15 PM
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One careless person has cost the life of one passenger...

Let's be careful here. We know that one person died of a heart attack but we don't know what caused the heart attack.

>> It's possible that the fire might have caused the heart attack.

>> It's equally possible that the heart attack might have caused the fire.

Amplifying on the second point, it's entirely possible that a passenger had a fatal heart attack while smoking a cigarette, that the heart attack caused its victim to drop the cigarette, and that the dropped cigarette happened to land on something that was highly combustible. Thus, we can't blame the death on the fire until we know that the fire actually caused the death, if indeed that is the case.

OTOH, we do know that all of the injuries were smoke inhalation, so it's reasonable to blame the injuries on the fire in any case.

This should not be looked at as an ANTI SMOKING issue ...but as safety issue. We are all affected...

As I have pointed out in the past, every failure to enforce rules is a safety issue. Failure to enforce rules gives the impression that the rules don't matter, breeding disregard for the rules and also for the authority behind them. In a casualty situation, that can be the difference between life and death.

The reports of this fire say explicitly that it took over three hours to account for all of the passengers. The casualty occurred at 3:00 AM -- a time when nearly all passengers would have been in their cabins (probably sleeping). The only sendible explanation as to why it took so long is that some passengers either did not respond to the general alarm by proceeding to their muster stations or did not follow the directions of the crew who were trying to account for all of the passengers. During a causalty, it is absolutely imperative for EVERY passenger to comply PROMPTLY with the directions of the crew because failure to do so may put other passengers and members of the crew at risk unnecesssarily.

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