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Old 01-17-2012
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No comments? skipper of the Concordia

I can't believe we have no comments on the Concordia skipper that went aground off of Giglio, Italy... Words cannot even described this person. One of the first ones to leave the ship and refused to returned even after the Coast Guard gave over 10 orders for him to get back on his ship to manage the rescue. Take some responsibility for your actions and the people aboard.
I would provide some extreme sarcasm right now but I'm too angry about it and also people died when this could have been avoided...
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Just another reason i'll never step foot on a cruise ship! It goes from really BORING to not so much really quickly!
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Clearly he messed up in several ways. It will take some time to prepare, but the saftry board investigation make for interesting reading. I have found several safety board reports very enlightening.
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The dude is screwed. Deservedly so.
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More to being a captain than schooling, The Concordia's Captain was missing-in a lot of ways! Too bad a lot of the wrong people have to pay for it! --Dale
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I find this story so interesting from the standpoint of human nature when a person realizes that they made a tragic mistake, and have two choices. They can either try to save their own hide like the "captain" did, or at least attempt to do whatever is in your power to lessen the impact of your mistake and try to get people off the ship.

Its amazing because he decided to run. He got on the rocks, and hailed a Taxi to get away from the scene. When the coast guard was finally able to contact him, they had to order him back on to the ship. According to the news today, it is still unclear if he actually went back.

Ironically, if he stayed with the ship as he was expected to do, he would have still lost his job and license, and even had some jail time, but with his decision to save his own a$$, the courts will show him little mercy.

One bad decision after another.
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We have been on a number (4) of cruises over the years and the captains always seemed to be men in their early 60s (or looked it at least). I was surprised when I saw the captain of this ship that he was so young for the job on a huge cruise ship.

Some reports say he was going close to shore on purpose so that they could blow the horn because one of the crew (chief waiter apparently) is from the island. If so, incredibly bad judgement followed up by cowardice. I suspect he will get a very long time in jail - apparently Italy's legal system allows consective terms for crimes and sadly there could be a lot of sentences to be made consecutive.
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He sounds like he got his license from the same place as the Greek skipper of the cruise ship that foundered off South Africa a few years ago.

Anyhoo, he's in jail and will probably remain there for a long time.
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maybe he should change his name to "lord jim"
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