Because of various threads on other boards I thought it was approprate to post this in the chit-chat as well to stop any false rumors about a supposed tragedy on the Destiny last week.
Okay, here is what happened and is factual. About 1-1:30am there was a medical emergency onboard and to get immediate attention someone reported "Man Overboard" apparently thinking they would get quicker attention than just telling the truth. This definately got attention but not what this fruitcake wanted. The ship followed immediate emergency procedures and made a U-turn and notified the USCG of the report who dispatched a helo for search operations. The crew responded by making a count of all guest and crew to determine if in fact anyone was missing. This was not finished until approx 3am resulting in little sleep for the passengers OR crew that night. There were announcements made by both the CD and the Captian about what was going on and asking for understanding and cooperation. Some may not have heard these announcements because they were either unable to hear them in their rooms or just weren't paying attention or making too much noise speculating. Fact is these announcements were made. The turn was sharp and the crew did go into emergency mode and quite active, as well they should be in a reported situation like this. There were NO injuries, much less deaths reported concerning this incident. There was also no striking of any object in the water, no water flowing along the interior lower decks, no crewmen screaming down the passageways they were all going to die, and/or any of the other silly reports made here or on other cruise related sites. To put it bluntly, there IS NO STORY. I hope this ends it, or at least it should. Could it have frightened some passengers, certainly. Could it have been done differantly or rather should it have been done differantly, no.
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Sorta like yelling "Fire" in a crowded theater, hmmm?
I hope whomever did that will be subjected to the same sort of scrutiny and, yes, punishment, as the guy who falsely reported seeing the sniper in the DC area or the people who make stupid comments in airport security lines.
And the sad part? The person who probably needed medical attention maybe didn't get it because of the phony "man overboard" situation.
Think of the money (much of it yours and mine because the Coast Guard was involved) expended, the anxiety of the passengers and crew, a whole plethora of angst when a call to the ship's doctor would have solved the problem.
Keelhauling is too good for the person who did it.