Sunday, September 06, 2009
There were 57 passengers on board, Kotevski told The Associated Press. Of those, 15 drowned and 42 were rescued.
Most of the passengers on the 70-year-old boat, which had a 42-person capacity, belonged to a group of tourists from Bulgaria.
"The 23-year-old skipper and his deputy have been questioned about the incident. In their first statements they said that a loud crack was heard (toward the rear) before the boat sunk rapidly," Kotevski said.
If you go on vacation and ride a ferry or boat, be sure to step off and refuse to go, if you feel it is overloaded. Captains and greedy companies don't always follow the rules.
Even here in the Virgin ISlands, on both sides of the dotted line between the two territories, I have seen many ferry boats and sometimes party boats, overloaded. While they shouldn't crack up midways, if you figure 15 extra people at 200 pounds, then you have a TON and a half EXTRA weight. That is a LOT!
Guess that captain couldn't do his math too well. While not everyone will weigh in at 200, some will be more, some less, but many are carrying STUFF and that adds to their overall weight.
The ferries in the islands are required to have a seat for everyone. if they feel the seats with luggage, that counts as people. So if you can't sit down, then get back off and ask for another ferry. They are SUPPOSED to run an extra fery rather than overload (in the islands).
In my younger days I rode an overloaded ferry and many of the standing folks went topside and we rolled mightily, I thought we might just go over completely but we didn't.
Angels were watching.
Saturday, September 05, 2009
I have a horrible pain in my chest. I've never had heartburn, but I think I have heartburn now, something fierce!
I bought a warm Ginger Beer. Ginger Beer does not have alcohol, in case you are wondering. I was hoping it would make me burp and make the pain go away.
I bought some low fat crackers to go with last week's drastically reduced creamy salsa.
I stood at the cash register, lost in my world of pain.
A stranger said "Excuse me? Are you OK? You just look so VERY SAD."
I said "Well, yes, I am very sad."
He asked me if I had Bible at home and I told him yes.
I said "My landlord's agent needs a Bible thrown at her! She sent men over to harass me 10 minutes after I got out of the hospital! My rent is paid up, but it's an ongoing battle with her. She wants to raise the rent, and the place is falling apart! So I just keep paying the same old rent and she keeps sending men over to threaten me! I don't have the energy to move to another place. So I am selling most all my stuff. I've watched people cart my stuff out all day, and it makes me sad all around."
I forgot to mention the terrible pain in my chest. I feel like I need a monumental burp and I will be fine.
Friday, September 04, 2009
~~~~~Regina Brett, 90 years old
I'm alive but the weather from Erika who is now a nonentity is making me ache all over. I may have to go back to bed. Yet I have SO much to do!
I am selling off items I don't need anymore. So phone and email is BUSY with requests and I feel awful. I've had very little sleep and I am too tired to do anything today it seems.
Gosh, maybe I need to just get well. The doctor said I needed to SLOW DOWN and get MORE rest and eat more regularly. Things have upset me lately and I've missed meals or been far too tired to make something.
I thawed out some crab a few days ago and I better hurry up and make crab cakes or else. I feel crabby *tee hee hee*.
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