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I remember reading about how there were 3 crewmen aboard the USS West Virginia that lived for 16 days AFTER the attack on Pearl Harbor. They were trapped in an airtight compartment, and marked the days off on the calendar (thru 12/23) until they finally passed on. They were hammering on the hull most of the time. There was nothing they could do to get them out.

 

The ship was raised, and the bodies were found 6 months later.

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Wtf is with that section of the world and losing track of aircraft and ships? It is not rocket science to have an emergency locator beacon on a ship that transmits a mayday and GPS coordinates. The moment the ship started to list the mayday should have gone out along with the lifeboats. These are ****ing incompetent crews putting lives at risk.

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what a disaster. hoping and praying they find a lot of survivors.

 

curious to hear the cause of this. loud bangs before it started listing? could be explosives or perhaps hitting rocks.

 

as for calling off the search, i hear they now make lights that work underwater. maybe those crazy gov't people need to invest in a few dozen of them.

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what a disaster. hoping and praying they find a lot of survivors.

 

curious to hear the cause of this. loud bangs before it started listing? could be explosives or perhaps hitting rocks.

 

as for calling off the search, i hear they now make lights that work underwater. maybe those crazy gov't people need to invest in a few dozen of them.

 

From the articles I read.  The Ferry departed late.  So to make up time, it changed it's route.  Guess the new route had lots of rocks that it hit.  

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"I don't know why he abandoned the ship like that," said Ju Hi-chun, a maritime author who interviewed the captain in 2006 as one of the experts on the route to Jeju island.

But he added: "Koreans don't have the view that they have to stay with their ship until the end. It is a different culture from the West."

 

Keep this in mind when you book your next ferry.

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South Korea Ferry: 30-Minute Evacuation Delay Trapped Dozens

 

The first instructions from the captain were for passengers to put on life jackets and stay where they were, Oh said. A third mate reported that the ship could not be righted, and the captain ordered another attempt, which also failed, Oh said.

 

A crew member then tried to reach a lifeboat but fell because the vessel was tilting, prompting the first mate to suggest to the captain that he order an evacuation, Oh said.

 

About 30 minutes after passengers were told to stay in place, the captain finally gave the order to evacuate, Oh said, adding that he wasn't sure in the confusion and chaos on the bridge if the order was relayed to the passengers.

 

"We couldn't even move one step. The slope was too big," said Oh, who escaped with about a dozen others, including the captain.

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This is a horrible tragedy, but one that occurs around the world fairly regularly.

 

Other parts of the world do not follow simple safety procedures...

-Like not deviating from established shipping/ferry routes into the unknown (tho, they should have had charts to refer to)

-Standard emergency procedures that include exit-strategies.  They don't conduct emergency drills, nor the simple emergency/safety lecture that we get before takeoff on flights.

-Crews do not take responsibility for the safety of their passengers.

 

Hopefully, some of these accidents (and the maddening failings AFTER the accidents!) will be a wake-up call.

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http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/15/us-southkorea-ferry-idUSBREA4E03K20140515

 

Ahn said the Sewol was severely compromised in its ability to maintain stability after a remodeling to add capacity, and had set sail on April 16 massively overloaded and with insufficient water in the ballast tanks used to keep it steady.

Yet again established procedures ignored and trusting(and paying) people dead. The indictments should go higher than crew level.

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