I finished reading my copy of "OCEANOS Survivors Stories" by Ian Uys, and now I can't wait to get a copy of "Standby" by Dick Lord and read the story from the rescuers view. The book OCEANOS survivors stories was fascinating and I cried several times, especially reading the parts about those that were in the Life Boats and what they had to endure in the dark, how one survivor almost lost her child, were it not for a Chinese lady pulling him back in the boat. How everyone was getting sea sick, my heart went out to all those people, little did we know what they were going through while we sat and waited for the helicopters. I think those passengers were more traumatized than most of us, they really are the true survivors even though we are all survivors. A brilliant book which I will read again and again.
So what did happened to Captain Yiannis Avranas, well in the last chapter of the book, the author tells us what happened directly after the sinking and how the Captain was given another boat to command. I would say he is probably retired now as he was 52 when the Oceanos sank which makes him 71 this year, so thank God he won't be captaining many more ships, however the mere fact that Epirotiki protected him will be my reason never to sail on any ship owned by them ever again. There are so many questions unanswered, for example did the Captain know the ship was going to sink? Why did he put everyones lives in danger by sailing into a Gale force storm?
We read time and time again about disasters like this, rust buckets being put to sea but nothing is really ever done about it. Next time the passengers may not be as lucky as the Oceanos!