We continue to be disturbed by this story.
On Saturday, we were sad to report that a cruise ship carrying 4,000+ people ran aground off the coast of Italy. Following the evacuation, we heard that at least 50 people hadn't been accounted for, and that 3 people had been confirmed dead.
We had also heard that some passengers were accusing the crew of failing to give them instructions on how to evacuate the ship.
Then yesterday, we learned that the previously halted search had resumed AND we were hearing that "human error" was being cited as the cause for the tragic event.
Now, new details have been released about the "human error," and it appears that the Captain Francesco Schettino abandoned ship, even though an Italian Coast Guard official ordered him "at least 10 times" to stay on board.
The remiss captain is currently being held in jail and he faces charges including "manslaughter, shipwreck, and abandoning a ship when passengers were still on board."
The death toll has officially reached 11 people. So far.
Our thoughts continue to go out to the loved ones of the victims of this tragic event. Stay strong.
[Image via Guardia Costiera.]