Comment on the Costa Concordia tragedy
“I cannot imagine any condition which would cause a ship to founder. I cannot conceive of any vital disaster happening to this vessel. Modern ship building has gone beyond that.”
-Captain Smith, Commander of Titanic
It was in 1912 that the Titanic sank when it was thought to be “unsinkable”. 100 years later and the sea has sadly taken another mammoth vessel.
Friday the 13th January 2012 will be a date hard to forget for the 4000+ passengers and crew of the Costa Concordia, and their loved ones, when the cruise liner tragically sank close the coast of Italy. To date it has been reported that 13 lives were sadly lost.
Coping with a traumatic event
It is understood that of the British passengers and crew, the majority thankfully escaped with little or no physical injury. However, having been involved in such a traumatic event will have no doubt had a significant effect on them and it is extremely likely that it will cause them to suffer with emotional distress which could include nightmares, flashbacks and anxiety. These are symptoms typically seen with those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
If you were a passenger or a member of the crew and you are suffering with any of these symptoms or you are feeling tired, upset, and angry but don’t know what to do then we strongly recommend that you seek medical attention as soon as possible. There is no shame in admitting that you are having a reaction to your involvement in such an event and it is natural to expect this. By seeking medical attention, the right professionals can help show you how best to cope and how to start the recovery process.