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Subject:  Re: A Sad Day for PA Date:  2/15/2013  10:28 AM
Author:  sano Number:  1860106 of 1963213

Could somebody tell me .... why should we help them?

Absolutely.

"We" did help them.... Carnival got superb oversight and assistance from the USCG from the very second the call went out from the Triumph.

A vessel disablement offshore is a dynamic event. The USCG was "on it" from the very moment they were notified of the fire.

USCG NMC immediately dispatched resources including air crews, cutter, and began planning for a possible evac, and the various needs of the vessel and the people onboard.

The fire was quickly contained by the automated fire control system, engines secured, and damage assessment completed. Damage assessment was confirmed by a USCG boarding team.

The USCG approved the salvage plan and continues coordinating and supervising, standing by to assist as necessary... and assist they did.

In this event, the USCG and Carnival determined that the danger of transferring roughly 4000 people in open water was riskier than having them remain on the vessel. Discomfort is always preferable to death.

The USCG did evac all those who had immediate medical issues. The USCG provided an escort that supervised the entire ordeal and also assisted with delivery of essential supplies and all necessary evacs.

This was a very successful salvage. The people are safely back on the beach. The vessel is secured at a dock. Nobody died.

Now the fun begins: investigation, review what happened, and consider what could/should be done differently.
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