By Ricky Butts and David A. Sargent
On January 13, 2012, the Costa
Concordia, a cruise ship, hit rocks off the coast of island
Giglio when it was brought too near to the shore by the
captain of the ship, Francesco Schettino. The captain claims
he was instructed to venture near the shore in the move
called a ‘salute’ by a manager of the ship’s owner.
However, Costa Crociere’s chief executive, Pier Luigi
Foschi, put back the blame on the captain claiming that
Schettino did not have the approval to change the course and
was going too fast at 16 knots to be so close to shore.
“A ‘salute’ — or ‘sail-by’ as it's
also known — loosely refers to taking a cruise ship closer
to shore to give passengers and/or land-based onlookers a
thrilling view,” explains Chris Gray Faust. This
“salute” turned out to be no thrill at all – the death toll
is currently at 15, with 24 people still missing, including
seven that have not yet been identified – not to mention the
loss of the ship itself.
Schettino told magistrates that his
Costa superiors had insisted on the move, which took
Concordia within 150 meters of Giglio, to please passengers
and attract publicity, reported Reuters. Foschi has
asserted that Schettino's diversion, which led to the
sinking of the ship, was "unauthorized, unapproved and
unknown to Costa."
According to another cruise line,
Princess Cruises, “salutes” or “sail-bys” are against
policy. Media relations manager, Karen Candy, stated:
“There is a voyage plan that is briefed to Deck and
Technical Officers several days before the transit… It is
not deviated from to get closer to land or to greet
When the Costa Concordia deviated
from its course, it brought tragic – even fatal – results.
The Bible warns: “There is a way
that SEEMS right to a man, But its end is the way of DEATH”
But you and I are guilty
all-too-often of deviating from the course in order to
“salute” and engage in some selfish, sinful desire.
James 1:13-14 describes the process of venturing dangerously
close and then into sin and the penalty: DEATH! We sin
and consequently “shipwreck” our lives!
But God loves us so much that He
sent Jesus to come to our rescue! Jesus died on the
cross to pay the price for our sins so that we might be
saved from sin and have eternal life (John 3:16; Ephesians
In order to accept God’s offer of
salvation and life through Jesus, we must place our faith
and trust in Jesus (Acts 16:30-31), turn from our sins in
repentance (Acts 17:30-31), confess Jesus before men (Romans
10:9-10), and be baptized (immersed) into Christ for the
forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38).
Having made wrong choices in the
past and thus placed yourself on a “sinking ship,” won’t YOU
“take hold” of the Savior’s offer through your trusting
- Ricky Butts and David A. Sargent; David A. Sargent,
minister for the church of Christ at Creekwood in Mobile,
Alabama, is also the editor of an electronic devotional
To learn more about this excellent resource contact David
via their website: http://www.creekwoodcc.org
* Information gleaned from: “How common are cruise ship
'salutes?'” By Chris Gray Faust, Cruise Critic contributor.