. . . especially when it’s spent in prison. So, where did I get that number? More on that in a moment.
Two of my more popular recent blogs were my timeline on the Costa Concordia disaster (So, What Did Happen Aboard the Costa Concordia?) and my speculation on what occurred on the bridge that fateful day (Costa Concordia—My Guess on What Was Really Happening on the Bridge).
Now comes word that the Costa Concordia’s Master, Captain Francesco Schettino, may be facing a lengthy amount of time enjoying free room and board courtesy of the Italian penal system.
Here’s the math:
10 years—Causing the disaster
15 years—Multiple manslaughter
256 years—32 dead (25 confirmed and 7 still missing) x 8 years for each
2,400 years—300 passengers abandoned x 8 years for each
16 years—I’ve no idea where this figure came from, but initially the captain was being charged with 34 deaths
Which got me to thinking: 2,697 years is way too long. I’d be inclined to go with just one tenth that amount of time, and maybe another fifty years off for good behavior. That way, should he be convicted, Captain Schettino would be eligible for release sometime in the early to mid 23rd Century.
And we all know what that means.
Yes, it means that Captain Schettino’s next command could very well find him running the U.S.S. Enterprise (NCC-1701) aground upon the rocky outcropping of an “uncharted” asteroid in orbit above Ceti Alpha V.
Meanwhile, here’s a link to a very interesting graphic showing the chain of events: What Really Happened
When you view that graphic, pay particular attention to what was happening at the lifeboat stations because the order to evacuate the ship was delayed until it was too late.