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The information keeps coming in, in bits and pieces. Heres the latest that I’ve gleaned from around the net:

  • three survivors have been found onboard the ship – in their cabins, I believe. Two of them, South Korean honeymooners, have been brought ashore but the third person (unknown) is still on board the ship – getting them out of the cabin is difficult. Sadly, the number of missing persons is still 40 or so;
  • there are numerous reports that the caption of the vessel has been arrested. Some reports also say that he’s been charged with manslaughter, but I’m not sure about that: it might be that arresting someone puts them into a certain legal position when they are questioned. For example, in England & Wales, once someone has been arrested anything they say can be used in court because they will have been cautioned  at the time of their arrest. But I’m sure we’ll find out more about this in future;
  • there is still some speculation about a possible power failure prior to the first grounding. I don’t think that’s what happened: there have been quite a few reports from relevant witnesses saying that the collision came first, and none of the passengers are suggesting that they were sat in darkness (or just emergency lights) prior to the grounding & initial list to port. Also, see the next point.
  • Carnival Corporation have issued a statement. There’s no mention of an initial power failure.
  • ‘Buzzing’ Isla Giglio may have been common practice, or at least not unprecedented. Have a look at the first of these videos from August. It’s taken from the island, looking eastwards across the harbour and out to sea, and that’s a Costa ship (possibly Costa Concordia) drifting past the harbour, with her horn sounding.

I think that video is very interesting. If I was a passenger I can imagine that would be a fun thing to do, on the first night of the cruise: tuck in as close to the harbour entrance as possible, drift past with your horn blaring, with everyone on board cheering at the harbour and everyone in the harbour cheering back. The question is, what course did the captain take to ‘tuck in as close to the harbour entrance as possible’? There’s deep water close to the harbour, but elsewhere the shallow water extends further out. But this is all speculation, of course. However, I will try to find an online chart of Isla Giglio.

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