On January 13, 2012, the Costa Concordia cruise liner ran aground off an island, off the coast of Italy. The one year anniversary of the tragedy was marked by several events, many involving survivors and relatives of those lost to the sea.
Last night in a documentary, filmed by the emergency services and one passenger as the tragedy unfolded, was aired on British TV.
It was interesting viewing. It showed how little can be done by individuals in such situations. You are at the mercy of others and the 'situation'. What was upsetting was the sight of young children. Parents trying their best to stay upbeat. To show a confident approach, when inside they were terrified.
A cjhild being passed into one of the lifeboats. The men having to shout 'bambino' over and over again to ensure the passengers allowed passage through.
The lifeboats, so very scary. Closed and cramped swinging out above the water. Some crashings into the waves. The journey to land as unpredictable, almost, as the shipwreck. The light joking of some as they said they had not yet had 'dinner' Thoughts back to those still on the half submerged Costa Concordia.
Then footage from the rescue services. In the air a helicopter. A member of the flight crew confronting the Costa Concordia captain, albeit from above. Challenging him to go back on board. Showing with infra-red cameras the predicament of those left on board. Those on the sinking remains of the liner.
The captain continuing to refuse, until the flight member used expletives and was noticeably angered. Still the captain stayed put. All he would say was that the liner was not safe. The flight member stressed the conversation was being recorded and that he would ensure the captian paid for abandoning the sinking vessel and its passengers.
The documentary ended with glimpses of some of those who had survived. Where they were now. Their countries, their families, their lives.
All had learned a valuable lesson. Life is fleeting, it is transient and it needs to be lived accordingly.
The sinking of the Costa Concordia was shown in late January 2012. It was shown again on January 14, 2013 to mark the one-year anniversary.