Disaster at Sea: Safety Check

Lessons for what passengers need to know when traveling the high seas.
1:43 | 01/15/12

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In the wake of this disaster there are new questions about the safety of these cruise ships more than eleven million Americans go on a cruise every year and in the case of the Concord -- There is growing focus tonight on the safety drill but never happened and what the crew failed to do. ABC's Lisa stark to -- for that part of the story. The first mistake by the captain and crew was repeatedly telling passengers not to worry that the ship had a minor electrical problem. In fact the ship had suffered a horrific -- something the captain later admitted. A former cruise industry safety executive tells ABC news captains are trained to tell passengers the truth. So they can prepare and are less likely to panic that did not happen. As for reports that navigational gear was knocked down because of the power outage that two shouldn't have been a -- Cruise ships have a redundancy of backup systems they don't just have one radar they'll have. Two or three -- if they were lose one of their -- -- they have a back up emergency generator. Cruise ships are designed with a series of water tight compartments so of just one or two is flooded this ship can still float. But with a massive damage the captain may have been trying to ground the ship considered safer than risking sinking and evacuating in deeper water. But the delay in abandoning ship proved deadly. Now one thing about that emergency drill -- required within 24 hours of leaving port it had not happened yet it was scheduled for the next day. Despite all the mistakes that were made it is remarkable that so many people survived and so -- lost their lives. The proximity to shore and the rescue efforts help prevent a larger catastrophe.

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