Cruise Captain Francesco Schettino Says He “Tripped” Into Lifeboat
Everyone really needs to back off their criticisms of Captain Francesco Schettino for abandoning the luxury cruise liner he commanded before it slammed into rocks off the coast of Tuscany, Italy and proceeded to sink. It’s not his fault he managed to get in one of the few lifeboats available while there were still over 100 passengers on board. It’s also a complete coincidence that his first mate and another officer were on that same lifeboat, he didn’t plan that at all. What really happened was this: he was helping rescue other passengers and while doing so “accidentally” tripped into one of the lifeboats and didn’t have time to react until the lifeboat was safely lowered down into the water at which point in time it was all but impossible to get back on board. He should’ve at least exclaimed, “Help! I’ve fallen to safety and I can’t get up!” Same thing could happen to anyone though, right?
Oh, and when Italian Port Authority officials reprimanded him for abandoning ship while there were still passengers on board and ordered him back on the cruise liner to coordinate rescue efforts, Schettino responded with “I didn’t abandon any ship… because the ship turned on its side quickly and we were catapulted into the water.” Which is a completely logical and pragmatic explanation of how he ended up in that lifeboat. When Captain Gregorio De Falco of the Port Authority pressed Schettino further to get back on the boat, Schettino said “You realize it’s dark and here we can’t see anything…” I mean, who isn’t afraid of the dark, especially when a huge boat is tipping over in the ocean and you’re in a lifeboat?!
So really, everyone please leave Mr. Schettino alone. We’ve all had our moments of being catapulted into the water by a sinking ship while also kind of sort of tripping into a lifeboat and not having time to get out of the lifeboat until it was completely lowered.
Have I ever mentioned that I have a doctorate degree in sarcasm?
If you’d like to read more about Francesco Schettino’s harrowing tale then feel free to click HERE.
Also, if you’d like to read the transcript between Francesco Schettino and the Port Authority click HERE.
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