Several European news sources are reporting that the Costa Allegra, a smaller sister ship of the Costa Concordia, has been left drifting in the ocean some 200 miles from the Seychelles Islands after a fire in the engine room knocked out power to its motors. This of course comes some six weeks after the Concordia tipped over off the coast of Italy.
At this time, none of the 1,049 passengers aboard the Allegra are injured, as the ship awaits the arrival of some large fishing boats to tow it to shore. But, as Britain’s Daily Mail points out, the waters off the African coast are infested with pirates. Boy, now wouldn’t that be a PR disaster!
Let’s just hope that this captain doesn’t abandon his ship…
The latest from the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster is that Captain Francisco Shettino didn’t abandon ship—he tripped and fell into a lifeboat, or so he says. Right. To that, I say: “Go on board, penis!” Speaking of which, this incident has led one National Post commentor to reminisce about his teenage years:
I must say, I found his memory much more amusing than the last time I read about a Post poster’s wasted years…
Paquebot: A large ship that transports passengers, ie an ocean liner, ferry or cruise ship.
As seen in: « Le patron de Costa Crociere, société propriétaire du paquebot qui a fait naufrage vendredi, a déploré une erreur humaine «impondérable» de la part du capitaine dont il s’est officiellement «dissocié», lundi au cours d’une conférence de presse à Gênes (centre de l’Italie). »
Translation: “The head of Costa Crociere, owners of the cruise ship that sunk Friday, condemned an unthinkable human error by the captain from whom he officially disassociated himself Monday during a press conference in Genova, Italy.”