The title of a recently released Fox News article is “Italian cruise ship adrift off Seychelles after fire” (Web-site/URL: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/02/27/italian-cruise-ship-adrift-off-seychelles-after-fire/?test=latestnews).
“The accident aboard the Costa Allegra occurred about six weeks after the Concordia, another Italian cruise ship owned by the same company, capsized off Italy, killing 25 people and leaving seven missing and presumed dead”.
“Asked about Monday’s (February 27, 2012) Costa Allegra accident, Italian Coast Guard Cmdr. Cosimo Nicastro told SkyTG24 TV that the ship’s captain told Italian authorities (that) the blaze WAS QUICKLY EXTINGUISHED“. WAS IT? “The passengers ARE FINE“. ARE THEY? “But the fire left the cruise liner “without propulsion“, meaning (that) the ship, with 636 passengers and 413 crew members aboard, was ADRIFT IN THE SEA, because the engines weren’t working…” “adrift in the sea” certainly DOES NOT sound “fine”. But “THE FIRE DANGER IS OVER“. IS IT?
“(The cruise ship) Costa Crociere said in a statement that after the fire began in its Costa Allegra’s electric generator room, “the special firefighting units intervened to extinguish it. The fire DID NOT spread to any other area of the ship. There were NO injuries or casualties“.
“The cruise company said that a general emergency alarm was “PROMPTLY sounded” as a precaution and that all passengers and crew not involved in the emergency reach muster stations”. This, of course, DID NOT happen in the COSTA CONCORDIA disaster. According to ALEX BEACH, a Concordia survivor, ” NEVER were we actually given the drill where you put the life jacket on and went to your muster station” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34p8ElJ2Edg).
Finally, “The Seychelles coast guard and air wing mobilized and an aircraft was flying over the ship late Monday evening (February 27 2012), said Seychelles presidential spokeswoman Srdjana Janosevic. The island’s port authority sent two tugs to the stricken ship”. “And there are fishing vessels in the vicinity, LARGE ONES, that are going to provide support as well. THEY HAVE ASSISTANCE COMING TO THEM“. We can only HOPE that this is the case and that this ISN’T another Costa Concordia-like story where the ship was going down, people were screaming and fearing for their lives, while the captain was “at dinner” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34p8ElJ2Edg) and COMPLETELY OBLIVIOUS to what was going on. Another eerie resemblance to the CONCORDIA disaster is the fact that in the CONCORDIA disaster, the Coast Guard captain GREGORIO DE FALCO was hailed as a hero for demanding that the COSTA CONCORDIA captain to “get back on board”. This time, it’s the Italian Coast Guard Commander whom we should investigate and maybe doubt because in this case, THE COMMANDER Cosimo Nicastro is the one saying “The passengers are fine”, which is exactly what FRANCESCO SCHETTINO was saying as the COSTA CONCORDIA was rapidly listing and going down.