Seneca III returns with an investigation of what went on during the operation to rescue passengers who were trapped aboard the Norman Atlantic when it caught fire in the Aegean.
’Allo, ’allo, ’allo, an’ what do we ’ave ’ere then?
by Seneca III
As a long time aficionado of the MSM’s craven evasiveness when it comes to news of incidents that obviously have nothing to do with Islam — particularly those that at first glance actually do not appear to do so — it has become something of a hobby of mine to do a careful comparative analysis of any and all available reportage. This means a trawl through as much of the output of the Fourth Estate in the print, broadcast and electronic media as is possible. Every so often, by dint of long practice at reading the runes, I hit the mother lode.
Below is a selection of excerpts from the media (as attributed) concerning one particular aspect of the tragic fire aboard the Norman Atlantic ferry in the Aegean. The three things to watch out for are lacunae (obvious gaps or vague references in the narrative record), the juxtaposition of various comments and their attributions and overall a general air of media dissimulation.
From The Times, 30/12/14
Italy opened criminal investigations into the Norman Atlantic ferry fire as the death toll rose to ten and survivors described chaotic scenes when the blaze took hold, including fights to board rescue helicopters.
From The Daily Mail, 30/12/14
Other survivors spoke of passengers trampling over one another and fights breaking out among men forcing their way onto the helicopters before the women and children.
Turkish passenger Saadet Bayan said; “We experienced the Titanic. The only thing missing was that we didn’t sink.”
From The Telegraph, 31/12/14
“Our feet were burning and from the feet up we were soaked,” he [Christos Perlis] said. Everyone there was trampling on each other to get on to the helicopter. “First children, then women and then men. But the men, they started hitting us so they could get on first. “They didn’t take into consideration the women or the children, nothing.”
Another rescued Turkish passenger, Aylin Akamac, said the rescue operation was disorganised and that there were only three lifeboats on board. “We were soaked from the water they doused to extinguish the fire. Our feet froze. People were forced to move closer to the fire to keep warm,” she said. “We waited outside for hours.”
From BT, 31/12/14…
Den græske sopran, Dimitra Theodossiou, var ombord på færgen. Hun har fortalt til italienske medier, at hun så mænd slå på kvinder, for selv at komme først hen til redningshelikopteren.
»Det var helvede. Jeg så nogle skræmmende scener. Der var mænd, irakere, tyrkere, pakistanere på skibet, som blev sat ned for at tillade redderne at prioritere børn, ældre og kvinder. Men de klatrede, og slog og trak i folk for selv at komme frem til redningshelikopteren og i sikkerhed. Jeg blev også slået. Jeg var så rasende. Det var virkelig grimt. Jeg vil aldrig glemme det.«, fortalte Dimitra Theodossiou…
and here as translated for 10news.dk by Nicolai Sennels