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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As the search for missing people continues in Italy after a cruise ship ran aground, people are looking for someone to blame.

The captain of the Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, is being blamed for the disaster after he abandoned ship.

The commander of the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence says he would not have handled the situation in the same way.

“The situation in Italy truly is a tragedy,” Cmdr. Douglas Goodwin said. “I wasn’t there, and I wouldn’t speak to the actions of another captain. I just know from my standpoint that navigation and the safety of the people that are entrusted to is absolutely critical.”

Cmdr. Goodwin says he was very sad to hear about the situation in Italy and cannot imagine going through a something like that. He says he is praying for everyone involved with the disaster.

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  • Brian

    WWAY, according to your quotes, he did NOT say anything about how he would have handled the situation. Perhaps you should change your statement that he said he ‘would not have handled the situation in the same way’. I doubt he actually said that.

  • ChefnSurf

    -“The commander of the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence says he would not have handled the situation in the same way.” Duh! I can’t imagine a ship’s captain anywhere on planet Earth who would have stated otherwise.
    -The only possible reason I can even imagine for interviewing the commander of a Coast Guard cutter in Wilmington, NC about a cruise ship disaster in Italy is that both ships have been run aground recently.
    -If there’s any story here at all it’s probably: “Current Diligence Commander finds opportunity to indirectly critique past Diligence Commander’s navigation error.” Hopefully, that’s also a non-story.

  • Guest461

    ..the USCG Diligence VI is a 48 yr old, 210 foot Cutter with 76 crewmembers. The Costa Concordia is 1000 feet with 3,200 passengers and 1,000 crewmembers and 951 feet in length with 17 decks.

    Not much of a comparison there, but prudent judgement isn’t dependent on vessel size.

  • Brian

    I guess my point was that is was inappropriate to even ask the Diligence captain his opinion on the matter. When asked, he diplomatically declined to answer, yet the media outlet chose to add their own spin to make it appear that the Diligence captain disapproved of the other captain’s actions.


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