Sunday, February 10, 2008

NGO Security Scenario #18 - High Seas Horror

On July 19, 2006, the cruise liner Crown Pacific was sailing off the Florida coast. In calm waters with good weather, the ship suddenly rolled, tipping an estimated 15 degrees on its side. 240 people were injured during the incident.

Here is a security video footage from the ship's casino as the incident took place. This was not a common occurrence and the force generated by the roll is apparent.







Review the last video and comment on human behavior during an unexpected and potentially life-threatening crisis. Which passenger showed a high level of survival instinct? How did the majority of passengers react? What does the behavior of the passengers playing slot machines in the upper right corner of the video suggest? Have you ever been in a crisis situation where you've witnessed similar behavior as shown in the video? Share your thoughts and observations in the COMMENTS below.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Pemba said...

Watching the footage, i notice that men were more aware of the crisis and reacted quickly. I am however surprised that most FEMALE passengers didnt "seem to take note" of the crisis, a few of them continued to act as though nothing had happened.

I personally have never been in a situation like that but i have noticed in my travels and experience that women tend to be slow in reacting to life threatening crisis. I dont know why but thats what i have noticed. I could be wrong.

12:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I noticed the woman on the left playing the slots. It looked like at the first sign of trouble, she got out of there fast. She probably saw Titanic and wanted to be outside rather than trapped inside. What was interesting is when things returned to normal and the ship wasn't sinking, she came back and started picking up money or chips off the floor. Now that's a survivor.

Lots of other people froze or looked like they were in denial. In my experience, that's all too common.

4:58 PM  

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