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Cruise ship passed by disabled fishing boat, 2 die

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  1. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/apr/22/cruise-ship-passed-by-disabled-fishing-boat/

    Cruise ship passed by disabled fishing boat
    Sole survivor angry, mournful

    RIO HATO, Panama — Three Panamanian men were on their way home after a night of fishing, happy with their success, when the motor on their small open boat rattled and quit, leaving them adrift in sight of land, but too far out for their cellphones to work.

    With nothing left to eat but the fish they caught and a few gallons of water, they drifted for 16 days, more than 100 miles from home, before they thought they were about to be saved.

    Adrian Vasquez, 18, saw a huge white ship coming toward them. He waved a red sweater to get their attention, reaching high over his head, and dropping it low to his knees. Though he was near death, the skipper of the little panga, Elvis Oropeza Betancourt, 31, joined in, waving an orange life jacket.

    “Tio, look what’s coming over there,” Mr. Vasquez recalled saying in an interview Thursday with The Associated Press. “We felt happy, because we thought they were coming to rescue us.”

    The ship didn’t stop, and the fishing boat drifted another two weeks before it was found. By then, Mr. Vasquez’s two friends had died.

    “I said, ‘God will not forgive them,’” Mr. Vasquez recalled. “Today, I still feel rage when I remember that.”

    The day of the first sighting, March 10, birdwatchers with powerful spotting scopes on the promenade deck of the luxury cruise ship Star Princess saw a little boat adrift miles away. They told ship staff about the man desperately waving a red cloth.

    On Thursday, Princess Cruises, based in Santa Clarita, Calif., said a preliminary investigation showed that passengers’ reports that they had spotted a boat in distress never made it to Capt. Edward Perrin or the officer on duty.
  2. Seven

    Seven Messenger to the football Gods

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    WTH? Makes no sense.

    In sight of land and they had no flotation device, of any kind, and attempt to paddle to land?

    They STAY on a boat and die?


    Good thing they had cell phones. A raft would've been too much.
  3. iceberg

    iceberg nothing is nothing Zone Supporter

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    sounds odd to be sure, but i also have to wonder what the currents are like that out there. paddling by hand in currents going another direction won't likely go very far.
  4. Cythim

    Cythim Benched

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    No mention of flares, horns etc either. No radio? You cannot go out in the ocean without being prepared like that.
  5. hipfake08

    hipfake08 Well-Known Member

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    Remember it's not the US with a lot of rules and regs on any type of boat.

    They took what they thought they needed and no one stopped them.
    Battery may have died on the raido.
  6. Joshmvii

    Joshmvii Cowboys baby!

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    They didn't need regulations to tell them don't go out into deep ocean on a little boat without taking precautions in the event that the motor malfunctions. It's terrible a couple of them died, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't have prepared better.
  7. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    international maritime law dictates that all ship commanders are obliged to assist those in danger of being lost at sea.
  8. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament...

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    /thread over
  9. rynochop

    rynochop Well-Known Member

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    Yep...who wouldn't??
  10. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    Evidently the Capt or this cruise ship
  11. Cythim

    Cythim Benched

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    It says he didn't get the report that the boat was out there.
  12. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    Princess Cruises said passengers on the Star Princess apparently alerted a crew member to the disabled fishing boat in March, but initial indications are that the captain was never told.

    I'm sure more will come. If the crew members failed to notify the capt then they will be delt with.

    http://articles.cnn.com/2012-04-20/...hip-princess-cruises-cruise-line?_s=PM:TRAVEL
  13. Joshmvii

    Joshmvii Cowboys baby!

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    Yeah, the article clearly said the captain just wasn't notified. You're talking about a huge cruise ship, so if some passenger told a "crew member," which might very well have been a cocktail waitress or someone else who just wasn't really listening or caring what the passenger said, that doesn't mean much.
  14. Rogah

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    Sounds like a horrible tragedy. The captain is responsible for everything that happens on his ship, so fair or unfair his career is probably over, but it doesn't seem like he knew about the distressed boat and just callously kept steaming forward.

    FWIW, and IMHO, if you're a passenger in such a situation the correct procedure is to stand near the railing, point to the distressed boat and yell "man overboard!!!" repeatedly and at the top of your lungs. That would get a bit more attention than telling some vague "crew member" who quickly forgot the whole thing.
  15. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    I'm sure the cruise line will do more to train crew members so that something like this does not happen again.
  16. burmafrd

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  17. SaltwaterServr

    SaltwaterServr Blank Paper Offends Me

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    Dis-freaking-gusting. I've answered distress calls that were 20+ miles from our location in the Gulf before, knowing full well the Coast Guard would get there before we would. Someone calls for help, everything else in the world is secondary on the open ocean. You drop the buoy on the anchor, reel in at full speed if you have to, whatever, but you answer the call. Always.

    Not to make light of any of this, but did anyone else notice that one of the people involved is named Gilligan?
  18. CliffnMesquite

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    I have never heard of a ship that didn't post lookouts. The guest probably told a maid. There is no excuse for this, and heads should roll. Including the Captians.
  19. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    They did not tell a maid; that is clear. They did talk to some ships officers.
  20. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament...

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