The problem was the ship. When the coast guard got there they did pull people
from water and from the air those passengers hanging on to the railings and
attempt to release life boats that should have been released. They ship was too
slanted and almost all of it under water. That is for the divers not first
responders. The problem was the vessel could not have been sailed properly
because of the design changes, and the cargo both in weight and how it was
secured. The crews fault was in keeping passengers in vests in closed areas
instead of open areas. If they had managed to enter the ship they would have
perished and there would have been less rescuers to get the people in water to a
safe vessel. There should be an open air rule when life jackets are required and
cargo and passenger ships need to be separate. Most the crew was treating the
emergency like a cargo not a passenger ship. Coast guard acted right.
I believe that is exactly what she is doing by firing the leadership and
realigning the function.
Seems like a rash measure to fix the problem. Wouldn't it be easier to
reorganize the Coast Guard...?