Posted January 16th, 2012, 12:29 PM
Last edited by Lsimon; January 16th, 2012 at 12:31 PM
I do know that all staff on the cruise ship is trained in emergency procedures. I've talked to experienced bar staff who had mentioned training they had to go to and when I questioned why they needed more training they indicated that it wasn't for their main job but for emergency procedures and that all crew have to be trained for various emergency functions with periodic retraining.
... I think that to have gotten 4200 people safely off the ship in those conditions, when half the lifeboats are under water, and the captain has abandoned ship, something must have been working right....[emphasis added]
I think you're right, or at least I hope you are. While a lot of things appear to have been done very improperly there must have been something working correctly to evacuate over 4,000 people from such terrible conditions.
One thing that occurs to me is the way the press sensationalizes stories. If the press interviewed 100 passengers and 98 said the crew did a great job and their evacuation was fine and 2 said the crew was terrible and it was chaos then which story do you think the press would run with? I'm sure there are many passengers that experienced chaos but I also suspect many were treated properly.
To me it seems that the biggest problem, other than the initial accident itself, was the way the top officers did not provide correct timely information and instructions to either the passengers or the crew.