Such Incompetence Really Needs A Slap At The Back Of The Head?

Singapore
April 23, 2011 11:50am CST
What an eventful incident! Sometimes, I really wonder what is really becoming of this world especially people who are in the civil service. Over the week, I just happened to read about a 73 year old diabetic woman cruise passenger whose condition suddenly took a turn which requires immediate evacuation to a mainland hospital. All's well, with the lifeboat arriving first to pick up and transfer the ill passenger to mainland. While, the passenger was being transferred from the ship onto the lifeboat - all hell broke loose, which resulted the passenger being dropped into the freezing arctic waters. Imagine falling into such the waters which is freezing to as cold as -3C (27F). Being familiar with such rescue operations myself, I just cannot help feeling disgusted with the gross negligence from both the cruise ship and rescue crew. To cut the story short, the passenger did not make it and her death could have been brought about by the fatal fall into the icy sea. These people really ought to be shot or thrown into jail. What do you think? Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1379884/Janet-Richardson-dies-dropped-sea-botched-rescue-attempt-cruise-ship.html
5 responses
@bingskee (5237)
• Philippines
24 Apr 11
oh,my! what incompetence! did the family sue the responsible individuals? that is like unforgivable if that happens to my beloved ones. and all i thought is it is happening only in the Philippines!
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• Singapore
11 May 11
bingskee, I am unsure if the family had sued but even if they did, the process will be tedious and long. There are a lot of questionable decision from the ship captain, for one basing on the seriousness of the deceased condition I was surprised that he did not seek for an air evacuation. (She was later air lifted when she arrived on shore) Next, I was surprised that the ship did not lower her using one of their lifeboats and then transfer her onto the rescue boat which is standard protocol to prevent accidents like this one. Then, there was the rescue boats part where they had not kept constant radio communication with the ship to anticipate any changes to the situations during the evacuation - both captains are responsible here. So, this is complete utter negligence.
• Israel
12 May 11
Most people don't like to be reminded to sue because it also costs a lot of money upfront to pay for the lawyers. There should be a grass-roots effort to promote safety in these types of situations.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
26 Apr 11
There is really no doubt in my mind that there will be some sort of lawsuit that will come forth as the result of an incident like this. There should be very good contengency plans in place for the times when something like this does happen. When something goes terribly wrong like it did in this situation, most people will find a way to sue those people that are possibly responsible for prematurely ending another person's life.
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• Singapore
11 May 11
dorannmwin, I have a hunch that the ship's skipper to be both inexperienced and incompetent. In the first place, he should have requested for an air evacuation which is usually the case for serious medical cases. Secondly, he should have had her lowered using their emergency lifeboats, so that the transfer would be less dangerous and the drop avoided. Since, both sides agreed on the undertaken evacuation the radio communication should have been maintained with 2 close lookouts on the rescue boat for any situational changes that might be compensated for. As for the lawsuit, it will be very tedious and financially crunching considering reports can be vague and technically evasive.
@4mymak (1796)
• Malaysia
25 Apr 11
this is really sad - and to think that the Ship Captain who actually seemed 'too concerned' to get his passenger the best care possible - maybe partly responsible for the 'accident' - me.. speechless... or was he really 'rushing' to his destination that bad.. ??
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• Singapore
11 May 11
4mymak, I am equally speechless here as well. Given the seriousness of the deceased condition, I wondered why the skipper had not considered air evacuation which could be much faster and not disruptive to the ship's course. As for the rushing, I believe it is quite understandable when cruise operations nowadays can be rather costly when there are delays. But, I am just surprised at the way the emergency was handled.
@peavey (16300)
• United States
23 Apr 11
Incompetence seems to be the rule any more. I don't think jailing them will do much good. I think the problem is that most people have no sense of personal responsibility so they're not careful of what they do or how they work. Social changes have not been for the better in the last few decades.
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• Singapore
11 May 11
peavey, I am really wondering if the situation would be otherwise, where the victim would be alive if she had not been dropped into the freezing waters. I've had these experiences where these negligent party will just get away with it at the end of the day with some obscured reports and a trivial apology. I felt such accident can be avoided in the first place, if the rescue boat below had maintained close communication with the ship and had the ship lower her via one of their lifeboats - which is the standard procedure.
@rachael5760 (2657)
• Israel
10 May 11
There should be a drill of the rescue workers to be able to cover such a serious incident. There should have been a doctor on board with proper equipment, Medical procedures were not followed and maybe should have not been allowed to take a cruise. I would have been much more cautious if it had my my mother or grandmother.
• Singapore
11 May 11
rachael5760, I am sure the rescue workers are well trained but when we are on the field or rather waters, there are many factors to be aware of and lookout for. However, I wonder why they had not radioed for the deceased to be lowered via the ship's lifeboat to avoid this accident. Also, considering the seriousness of the medical condition, I wonder why the ship's skipper did not radio for an air evacuation which is much faster and less disruptive to the ship's operation. Most of all, avoid this accident. This is really a sad and scary incident.