Fylde Coast Musings vs Cyprus Life – in pictures

Originally from a small mill town in Heywood, Lancashire (United Kingdom) we moved overseas at the beginning of March 2004 and spent the next glorious 12 years in Limassol, Cyprus. Sadly, in 2016 we had to return permanently to UK due to family ill health. We now live on the Fylde coast where the river Wyre meets the Irish sea just across from Fleetwood. More places to discover and capture on camera!

It’s a sad day for cruise lovers.


Why did Captain Schettino leave his ship in the first instance?

Coastguard tells him to climb up the ladder and get back on board. Recording of conversation between the Coastguard and Capt Schettino:

What next for the Italian cruise ship, Costa Concordia?

Click the twitter link above to read more about the possible plans for the future of the stricken vessel.

It may be possible to patch up the damaged hull.

Update – Costa Concordia

Latest Update: Could a power blackout have caused the Italian cruise ship to go off navigation track and run aground?

British Foreign and Commonwealth Office Update: Passengers and crew have been evacuated. Anyone concerned about British passengers should contact either the British Embassy in Rome on (+39) 06 4220 0001 or the Foreign Office in London on 0207 008 1500.

More than 4,000 people were onboard at the time and the ship had only left port 2 hours earlier. British, Italian, French and German tourists complained the evacuation was disorganised which led to delays.

The lifeboats could not be launched due to the ship listing so badly. Full story and photos via the Guardian twitter link below. Updates are still coming in as the day develops and already there are a number of differing comments from it being the first night of the cruise itinerary or the last night of the cruise, depending on where you read. Either way, it’s all going to be an interesting turn of events.

Photos of the huge whole in the hull of the ship makes you wonder how the ship managed to strike something that could cause a gash of some 50m in length.

Amazing photo - from the Daily Mail newspaper.

From this......

To this....... How is it possible?


Author: Fylde Coast Musings aka CyprusPictures

I'm "Shell" or Michele - formerly a UK Expat living in Cyprus since March 2004. Sadly, we had to return to UK in April 2016 due to family illness. We now live "over Wyre" where the "River meets the Sea" at Knott End on Sea, Fylde coast, Lancashire. If you like my photos, you can see more of them on Flickr (Thulborn-Chapman Photography): http://www.flickr.com/photos/cypruspictures/albums/ and don't forget to check me out on Twitter too - you can find me: @CyprusPictures aka Fylde Coast Musings Enjoy!

2 thoughts on “It’s a sad day for cruise lovers.

  1. It seems somehow inappropriate to click ‘Like’ on your post, but I’m sure you understand what I mean. I heard about this on the radio – it sounded awful. Tragic for many who were injured or worse and very frightening for everyone.

    • Yes, I understand exactly where you are coming from with your comment. I feel very much the same when there’s some really awful animal story that gets posted on facebook and the only button is “Like” – maybe they should have one that says “This is really shitty” or similar that will be better to express our feelings?

      As for this cruise tragedy, it’s quite unbelievable now we’re starting to see the images coming through of the ripping gash across the bottom of the hull. How on earth can a ship that size be allowed through a channel if there’s a chance of that happening?

      We have a number of the Costa cruise ships coming into our local port at Limassol. It’s just 10 minutes drive from my house so when we know there’s a cruise ship in we often drive down to take photos for my blog. To see one of them on it’s side half under water is really weird.

      I just hope they get to the bottom of what happened and find these missing people. Sky News now say there are around 50 people still missing. But people were taken to different locations when they were rescued so let’s hope that’s the case and that something far worse hasn’t happened than them just being “misplaced”

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