Abandon Ship!

So we have all pretty much heard about the cruise ship that capsized off the coast of Italy last week. You may have also heard about the captain of that cruise ship apparently abandoning his passengers and his ship so that he himself could escape to safety in a life boat. I read somewhere that the capatin is being charged with manslaughter because several people lost their lives, and could face up to 12 years in prison for not staying and overseeing the resue efforts that were taking place after the cruise ship capsized. I do think that it was in fact competely irresponsible and heartless of the captain to just leave all those people behind instead of trying to help save as many people as possible, but at the end of the day he is human just like the rest of us and experienced  a temporary lapse in judgement. I’m sure that he was frightened himself, and that is why he chose to abandon his ship even though he knew that it was not the right thing to do. I can’t help but to think that the punishment that he is facing may be a little bit harsh. Don’t get me wrong, he definitely deserves to be punished for being so irresponsible, but I just think that the manslaughter charge may be a little much…..What does everyone else think?

-Sheniece Martin

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2 Responses to Abandon Ship!

  1. jonhailepr says:

    I really think that the whole disaster is horrible PR for the cruise company, but captain abandoning has to be the worst part about it. The bad press, the lawsuits that are going to come out of this are going to be hard to overcome. I also think kids are going to have to do press conferences about this in Horn’s class. …Good luck with that.

  2. rachelnevels says:

    I totally agree with you. Although people who are in leadership positions, and have bigger responsibilities and duties than the average person, such as the captain of the cruise ship, at the end of the day, we are all human and act accordingly under different circumstances. With that said, it is also important to honor the responsibilities you take on with you job / title, and it was not very honorable for the captain of the ship to leave all of those people abandoned. Although he was scared for his life as well, it was his job to protect his passengers and he failed to do so.

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