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Old 04-23-2014, 12:58 PM
 
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I have racked my brain trying to come up with some reason for the captain to give the order for passengers to stay below deck. The only reason I could think of is The Eastland Disaster which took place on the Chicago river and I think close to 800 people died. They say it happened because all the people ran to one side of the ship and caused it to flip over.
Maybe he was thinking about that?
Whatever he was thinking wouldn't matter though since he saved himself while leaving so many poor scared and trusting children to die all alone.
What a horrible thing this is.
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Old 04-23-2014, 03:47 PM
 
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I thought men and women were equal? Kids first. Women and men second in equal numbers.
Children first and a baby with the parent (male or female) holding it, then elderly and disabled (including pregnant women) people (male & female) and then the rest of the passengers (male and female in equal numbers). Only after the passengers have been helped off a sinking vessel, then crew members (male and female) would be the last to get off. The only exception with a crew member would be if it was a female pregnant crew member who would get off in the first lot of people off the vessel.
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Old 04-24-2014, 04:48 PM
 
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Just read that this captain was almost 70, don't know how much he could have helped when they all say you couldn't move on the boat.
I'm 70 and can't hardly move without being on a tipping boat.
He should not have even been there, too old.
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Old 04-25-2014, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Annandale, VA
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Children first and a baby with the parent (male or female) holding it, then elderly and disabled (including pregnant women) people (male & female) and then the rest of the passengers (male and female in equal numbers). Only after the passengers have been helped off a sinking vessel, then crew members (male and female) would be the last to get off. The only exception with a crew member would be if it was a female pregnant crew member who would get off in the first lot of people off the vessel.
Baloney. Where is it written that employees of a ship are required to risk their lives and/or die as part of their employment contract?
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Old 04-25-2014, 06:33 PM
 
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I have racked my brain trying to come up with some reason for the captain to give the order for passengers to stay below deck.

I can think of a couple, clearing the decks so the boat crews could work, not wanting a panic on deck or having passengers jump in what appears to have been a hellacious current and cold seawater temps, but in this case its pretty much a moot point. If the report that I am relying on is correct, the first distress call went out at 0900, by 0911 (weird how that number keeps popping up) the ship had reached a 43-degree list. That's a steep row to hoe when you are trying navigate crowded steps, narrow passageways some of which would look like deep pits rather than walkways.

If you are interested, an interesting read about surviving or not surviving the sinking of the ferry Estonia in 1994.

A Sea Story - William Langewiesche - The Atlantic

Personally, me myself, once the ship took on a list and didn't immediately recover, I would been heading topside regardless of what anybody had to say.
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