Costa Concordia disaster in Italy: a tale of cowards and heroes

Discussion in 'Travel' started by Lisa Simeone, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    I hope this is the most appropriate forum in which to post this. You all know about the tragic sinking of the Costa Concordia cruise liner off the coast of Italy and about the cowardly captain who abandoned ship (and will probably spend a long time in jail).

    But now comes word that another Coast Guard official is the hero of the hour -- Gregorio de Falco -- and boy, you've gotta hear him reaming out the captain in the audio from this video. Oh, wow, is it great!

     
  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I read the transcripts a couple days ago. He really reamed the sniveling wimp of a captain.
     
  3. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    I certainly hope he doesn't weasel out of jail time.

    I laughed out loud when I read that he claimed that he didn't abandon his ship - he fell overboard!! In the same article (for the video) it's claimed that he said he tripped and fell into a lifeboat.

    Right. Just keep talking.
     
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  4. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    And by some strange coincidence -- completely accidental, of course -- landed right-side-up on his butt in a liferaft and started paddling to the next bar.
     
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  5. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    Wow, he sure was lucky, wasn't he? What do you suppose the odds are of landing right-side-up in a lifeboat? :D

    Maybe he'll land right-side-up IN JAIL!
     
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  6. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    I forgot to include the line of lines. It's become a rallying cry in Italy. I'm sure there are bumper stickers printed up by now. This doesn't translate well in English; rather, you have to imagine all this power, strength, fury, disgust wrapped up into one word. I'll translate it, but warning for those who don't like foul language. Avert your eyes now and go read another thread.

    "Vada a bordo, cazzo!"

    "Get back on board, you (expletive deleted) prick!"

    Or, as the more genteel Brits are translating it, "Get back on board, for (expletive deleted)'s sake!"
     
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  7. RB

    RB Founding Member

    On Fox News this even Greta had some lawyer types on discussing this liners contract of carriage. Pretty much, and it seems to be cruise industry wide, accepting passage one must give up most rights should something happen.

    For the cruisers among us read the contracts carefully.
     
  8. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Interesting. That's not what I heard in an interview this morning. But anyway, it's for the lawyers to hash out.

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    Lisa Simeone Original Member

  10. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    I just saw that the captain is now being called "the chicken of the sea." Ha!
     
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  11. RB

    RB Founding Member

    It's a good thing TSA wasn't running the boat, they would have locked passengers in their cabins until each person could be screened.
     
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  12. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    At least until chow time:

    I wonder if this woman is the mysterious Moldavian blond that the authorities would like to talk to?
     
  13. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    I just saw that this morning. A friend suggested last night that the guy was probably drunk. Could be.

    Whatever he was, he's going to jail. As he should.
     
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