Cruise Ship Disaster Rescue Efforts May End Soon

The death toll in last week’s Italian Costa Concordia cruise ship crash had climbed to 11 as of Thursday night, and officials say they’re considering when to call off rescue operations. There are 21 people still missing.

CNN reports Italian authorities were still sending divers through the wreckage as of Thursday night as reports flowed in about the inexplicable behavior of the ship’s captain, who is accused of several crimes including fleeing the ship while there were passengers still on board. International reports say the captain ordered dinner shortly after the crash, perhaps insinuating that he took in a meal rather than putting his full effort into evacuation efforts.

Carnival, the parent company of the cruise line, released this statement:

“While I have every confidence in the safety of our vessels and the professionalism of our crews, this review will evaluate all practices and procedures to make sure that this kind of accident doesn’t happen again.”

Decision looms on ending Concordia rescue operations [CNN]

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  1. MikeM_inMD says:

    Sadly, when you end rescue operations, you relabel them recovery operations, which means you only expect to find dead people now.

    • raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

      Yeah, and it is difficult to use rescue dogs underwater. :(

      • humphrmi says:

        Fortunately (in relative terms, anyway) the water in that area is very clear and the ship is in relatively shallow waters. They’ve been concentrating on the ship itself up to now because they want to give survivors every chance to get out. But reports I’ve seen say that many of the rescuers have reported seeing bodies on the ocean floor, and they’re just waiting for the go-ahead (which comes after the rescue is called off) to go recover them.

        Which means, at least, the families of the victims will have a body to bury. Hey, it’s not much, but it’s something.

        • Jules Noctambule says:

          I guess knowing for sure is better than always wondering. Poor families, and poor people who died because of an idiot in charge.

        • The Lone Gunman says:

          If they are in fact delaying recovery of cadavers from the sea floor, there may not be much left to recover for the families. The ocean, as on land, has a pretty hungry group of scavengers that would now be working hard to clean up the sea as that is their natural niche in the ecosystem.

          • humphrmi says:

            I don’t think it’s delaying as much as putting all available resources on rescue. In one week, there might be some decay but they have to balance that with trying to find people alive still inside the ship. Although it’s undoubtedly terrible to be the family of a victim right now, waiting for them to find the bodies, I hope that they can appreciate that the possibility of finding someone alive is more important at the moment.

            And I say this, as the member of a religious group that mandates in-ground burial within 24 hours of death. Even our relgion makes exceptions for situations where saving another life is possible.

    • Kestris says:

      Considering it’s been a week and estimated survival time was only 1-6 HOURS… I’d say chances of finding anyone else alive are slim to none at this point.

  2. u1itn0w2day says:

    Sad, I guess the only things you can learn from this is take some initative when it comes to safety and carry ID on you if possible especially if you were in your cabin before the disaster started.

    And just as I suspected the captain pulled or authorized this manuever before/last summer. I think they said they were only 150 meters from the area where they hit the rocks. Show the ship off apparently is an tradition or accepted practice. But how come not a designated course heading for that?

    • Captain Walker says:

      ID won’t help you. A flashlight will.

      • u1itn0w2day says:

        ID is in case you don’t make it and your body can be IDd right away.

        A flashlight is good idea but I don’t how many people take a light with them on a cruise vacation. Perhaps it’s should go on a packing list. Or the cruise lines can issue everyone a mini mag light at the begining of every cruise.

  3. 333 (only half evil) says:

    I took that photo on a Carnival cruise in the Caribbean. We had such a good time. And that’s what the Concordia passengers were doing when disaster struck – having a good time. My thoughts are with the friends & family of those killed.

  4. HogwartsProfessor says:

    A good portion of the ship is hanging off the rock, which if it shifts, will sink the thing. The weather is expected to get rough this weekend too. Sad that they have to stop, but it’s getting too dangerous for the divers.