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11:02 AM on 01/17/2012
The ship's captain has some splaining to do....appears he may be a coward!
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djuno1966
food taster for the astronauts
01:34 PM on 01/17/2012
Lucy, you hve a lotta splainin to do. I tole you do not touch the steerin hawheel. Now seen watchu done! and Fred, you put Ethal up to runnin the motors and pointin out the seagulls. on the beach
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k535panther
And now for something completely different
03:09 PM on 01/18/2012
Thats for sure.
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Tim Day
Am I waiting to Live or Waiting to Die.....
10:59 AM on 01/17/2012
This is SAD...I'm retired USN, the Capt. always "goes down with the ship" meaning he is the last one off, after his passangers and crew are safe and accounted for. Civilian's first,,,Children,Handicap Women,Men, Crew, Capt...In that order..It never warries
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Heidi Dietrich
Furkids are people too.
11:27 AM on 01/17/2012
Thanks for serving.
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Tim Day
Am I waiting to Live or Waiting to Die.....
11:57 AM on 01/17/2012
Thank You...It was my honor
12:09 PM on 01/17/2012
You are correct about what "should" happen but sadly it seems to be every crew member for themselves anymore. I remember that happening when the Estonia went down. Give me an American captain and crew every time!
01:53 PM on 01/17/2012
And you believe an American captain and crew would have made all the difference? The will to survive is human nature and knows no borders. Do you really dispise your non-American family members / ancestors that much as to disrespect all other nations?
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jedime
i am.
10:27 AM on 01/17/2012
holy crap there are some assy comments on here today. i'd like to think that if i found myself in a situation in which it came down to possibly saving another person's life- regardless if it was my husband's or a stranger's- i'd be brave enough to do it.
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wonderfulnews
I'm really not in the mood for your insults today
10:25 AM on 01/17/2012
This is so tragic. I can't help but wonder why it went into the rocks? Was someone not paying attention? What? Can someone shed some light. This is the first story I have actually read but have been hearing of this since it happened. I am praying for these people, their families and the crew.
11:15 AM on 01/17/2012
Well the story at the moment is that the captain went against the rules and off course to get closer to shore so that the head waiter could waive to his family on land. He is claiming that the rock he hit was not on some terrain map that he had. He seems to be blaming everyone and everything but himself for what happened.
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wonderfulnews
I'm really not in the mood for your insults today
11:31 AM on 01/17/2012
Thank you beachbunni. Yes, that does seem like what he is doing.
12:10 PM on 01/17/2012
The rock was not where it was suppsed to be when he decided to go off course and risk everyone life but his own. First one off the ship, i think.
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wonderfulnews
I'm really not in the mood for your insults today
01:08 PM on 01/17/2012
ajajm - I see that he was very negligent. So sad for all those people.
10:22 AM on 01/17/2012
Serving aboard ship in the US Navy one of the first survival techniques I was taught is that one life jacket can easily serve to support two even three, even in rough seas which here was far from the case. This story makes no sense so I doubt it's true... only the wife knows what really happened... I firmly believe that she was originally wearing the flotation device, paniced, and refused to share... there was no need for the husband to remove it nor should anyone ever remove their flotation device lest it become lost.... a current and/or slight breeze can easily move a flotation device away faster than anyone could swim. I say the wife is lying and will need to live with her lie.
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jtmims2199
Elizabeth Warren - 2016
10:34 AM on 01/17/2012
WOW, "you firmly believe..." In your mind, you can't possibly see another human being demonstrate such sacrificial love for his loved one? That speaks volumes about the lack of love you've experienced in your life.
10:39 AM on 01/17/2012
typicaly squid remark, all bravado and no action, his survival techniques were limited to grease spills in the gally......................
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Tim Day
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11:02 AM on 01/17/2012
I was USN/UDT and take offense to that....But it does make me wonder how he could be so insensitive...You can blow air into your shirt to use a floatation device, also thats where the Dixie Cup hat comes in and the Bell Bottoms....But a 60+ yr old man isn't thinking that...He is thinking I HAVE TO SAVE MY WIFE!!!!!
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luvprr
10:21 AM on 01/17/2012
Not to say that Italians in general are unreliable, but the fact that they couldn't even decide which side to fight for during WWII (they switched sides in the middle of the war) disgusted even the Nazis. Wonderful people, wonderful food, wonderful, scenic country but, after several great cruises on other lines, I think I'm going to avoid putting my life into the hands of an Italian captain.
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live by the golden rule
11:04 AM on 01/17/2012
what do you mean "they" couldn't decide? Italy was ruled by a fascist dictator. Many Italians knew from the first second that they did not want to be allied with Hitler. Many have family in the United States. Did you agree with the Bush/Cheney invasion of Iraq?
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WILLIEMOJORISIN
USN 1978-1984
11:57 AM on 01/17/2012
I didn't agree with going to Iraq,but the Dems in congress had no problem with it.
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pslcitizen
I intend to live forever. So far, so good.
10:07 AM on 01/17/2012
Hope they can find the missing people soon. So tragic & avoidable..
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grapost
10:06 AM on 01/17/2012
When was the last time you ever heard of a Woman sacrificing her life for a man? NOT.!

I guess that makes women cowards.

That is what a Man is called who doesn't sacrifice his life to save a woman.
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wonderfulnews
I'm really not in the mood for your insults today
10:27 AM on 01/17/2012
Women usually sacrafice to save their children. I guess we could be considered cowards.
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rgc1946
needleman
10:32 AM on 01/17/2012
I dont't know how many women have sacrificed their life for a man I suppose many have. My wife responded to this situation that if I gave her the only life jacket she would give it to someone else and we would swim togeather.
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wonderfulnews
I'm really not in the mood for your insults today
10:56 AM on 01/17/2012
rgc - that is awesome!
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thudpucker
Stop making everything political.
12:04 PM on 01/17/2012
Totally cool!
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charleymyboy
10:05 AM on 01/17/2012
There isn't enough money to get me onto a cruise ship.

I do not understand why getting on a ship with 1500 or so people, being fed constantly, living in a cramped cabin (probably without windows) is considered a vacation.

What occured on this ship is disgraceful. The captain and the first mate abandoning the ship when there were hundreds of passengers left aboard are acts of cowardess.

These two should be put on trial for murder.
10:02 AM on 01/17/2012
Sweet story about loving another more than loving yourself. Stop trying to make it about anything other than that.
11:57 AM on 01/17/2012
Is no one looking at the picture?
This story is fiction.

Ife anything is true is teh man is dead, the wife took life vest.

The rest is either suicide or murder because .....
the boat is 30 feet from shore.
12:12 PM on 01/17/2012
Thank you I thought I was the only one seeing how close this is to the shore. It ridiculous.
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10:01 AM on 01/17/2012
Wow, what a selfless act. From the pictures and video I've seen of this disaster, it doesn't seem like the boat was that far away from a piece of land that looks to me to be reachable by swimming from where the ship went down. I'd do the same for my wife but I'd also tell her that I was going to try and swim to safety while she would at least be able to be saved based on her having the life jacket. It looks to me like the captain and crew really never considered the fact that there could actually be a crash of any sort and as a result never followed the maritime axiom to never abandon ship and that the captain should be the last person off the ship. I'm pretty sure it wasn't intentional but he's got to be held respoinsible for what now is a minimum of 17 deaths.
09:59 AM on 01/17/2012
It's easy to see, by way of reading some of the nonsense on here, that guys like this are a dying breed...
11:55 AM on 01/17/2012
30 feet from shore? I would have kept the life jacket on and swam dragging her by her shirt.
12:28 PM on 01/17/2012
Sure, you or I probably would have attempted some variation of that. But I'm 29...this guy was in his 60's.
09:58 AM on 01/17/2012
i distinctly heard the captian yell i quit as he jumped into the water right after the second in command said civilians off first and then the crew
09:57 AM on 01/17/2012
This is a story about a man giving up his life jacket, (and his own life) so that his wife has a chance to survive. Many more stories of heroics (and cowardances) are due to come out. And I can't believe the amount of ignorant posts there are about this tragedy, making fun about it, and turning it into a political debate! For Shame!
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thudpucker
Stop making everything political.
12:07 PM on 01/17/2012
Some people have no class or intelligence by some of these posts.
09:53 AM on 01/17/2012
My husband wouldn't give me his life jacket!
10:17 AM on 01/17/2012
I am very sorry, but it sounds like you might have married the wrong man.