From the Daily Mail, some charming scenes of civilizational breakdown from the fatal capsizing of the Costa Concordia: Forget women and children first. Burly crew men led the race for the lifeboats:
Men refused to prioritise women, expectant mothers and children as they pushed themselves forward to escape. Crew ignored their passengers – leaving ‘chefs and waiters’ to help out. [. . .]
‘I was standing by the lifeboats and men, big men, were banging into me and knocking the girls. It was awful. There was a total lack of organisation. There was no one telling people where to go.
‘And when we finally got into a lifeboat, people, grown men, were trying to jump into the boat. I thought, if they land in here we are going to capsize.
That woman had some very old-school expectations of "grown men," it seems. And special treatment for pregnant women? Based on what?
Frenchwoman Isabelle Mougin, 38, who is five months pregnant, wept as she described her battle to get off the sinking ship with her husband. Interviewed in hospital, she said the captain refused to let them leave the vessel, even though she pleaded that she was a priority case because of her pregnancy.Duty, honor, and self-sacrifice are so last-century. But the captain is under arrest. So there's that.
‘We were stuck. He told us we couldn’t get off. I thought my baby was going to die – I thought we were all going to die. The captain just went, he just left the boat, left us there, I just cannot believe it.
Update: It's reported that there's an audio recording of the Coast Guard ordering the captain back on board the ship. Transcript here.
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