Will no one
rise to the defense of Captain Francesco Schettino? No? Then we
The poor man
is calumnied as a pusillanimous incompetent. Just because he hit
a rock. Heck, anyone with a ship that big could hit a rock. And
the rock wasn’t s’posed to be there!
charge is completely baseless. He had even tested almost the exact
same route under almost the exact same conditions back in August.
He sailed through the straits without a scratch. It was perfectly
reasonable for him to conclude that the passage was safe. Perhaps
someone put the rock there, just to catch him out.
And then comes
the charge that he ignored the fact that his ship was taking on
water…and abandoned ship before all the passengers were off.
Well, yes, but who wouldn’t? As to the first part of that complaint,
how could he know the ship was sinking until it actually began to
sink? And then, once it was determined that she was going down,
what was the point of hanging around? There were perfectly able
seamen to assist; and those passengers who had survived the collision
and the sinking proved that they were perfectly capable of getting
out on their own. Besides, the idea that the captain goes down with
the ship is out of date. Now, we are in a new age. Now, failed captains
get a bonus…and a retirement package.