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Old 10-15-2003, 08:13 PM
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10 dead , over 50 hurt , no news on the captain
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Old 10-15-2003, 08:46 PM
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WNBC reported that one of the ferry’s two captains jumped ship after the crash and tried to kill himself at his home on Staten Island. He was being treated at St. Vincent’s Hospital, where his condition was not released. Unconfirmed reports said he slit his wrists and shot himself with a BB gun.

A friggin BB Gun?
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Old 10-15-2003, 08:57 PM
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It was VERY windy here today (southwestern CT, 30 mi from NYC), more so than hurricane Isabele for us. Trees down everywhere, the local utility co has their work cut out for them. I lost power for over 6 hours. Those ferrys are three decks high and would have caught a lot of wind today, especially on the water where there is nothing to break it up.
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Old 10-15-2003, 10:41 PM
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The wind was definitely a factor. It felt windier than when Isabel came through. My wife insisted on driving my new 911 to work today only to have a wheel well hit by flying debris, leaving a nice ding and missing paint. But that is trivial in comparison to the loss on the ferry. God bless them all.
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Old 10-15-2003, 11:54 PM
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The Capt. tried to kill hisself tonight by cutting his wrists and shooting himself with a ......PELLET GUN ???? WTF Dave
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Old 10-16-2003, 12:35 AM
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I just tried to kill myself by eating pizza.

Almost worked...
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Old 10-16-2003, 12:46 AM
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My niece goes to Wagner College on Staten, she is safe, our thoughts & prayers are with those who were in this terrible accident.
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Old 10-16-2003, 08:31 AM
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Apparently the pilot fell asleep.
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Old 10-16-2003, 09:38 AM
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I glad to hear that your neice is ok.

Hope to finally meet you in Ft Lauderdale.
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Old 10-16-2003, 10:27 AM
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It there any truth to this captain fell asleep thing?

I think this is a terrible tragedy, however, I have to lay a little responsibility on the passengers. My thought is this... The ferry can hold 6000 people. There was only an estimated 1500 on board. That means there was plenty of room to move around. 99% of the folks that ride the ferry ride it many times a week/month, and know what docking should look like, and feel like, i.e. speed approach, and etc. If they were coming in too hot, SOMEONE had to notice, and someone could have gotten folks away from that portion of the ship in danger. Does anyone else agree?
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