Appendix B Reading Journal Your name 林思婷 Anny Student No. 4A0C0069 Date 2014.05.12 Title Abandon ship? In recent maritime disasters, captains don't hang around Source CNN News http://edition.cnn.com/2014/04/21/world/asia/ship-captain-role/index.ht ml?iid=article_sidebar Summarize the journal news On April 15th, 2014, a large ferry named the Sewol sank off the coast of South Korea. This disaster lets people recall the memories about the sinking of Titanic. The captain of the Titanic, Edward J. Smith, finally chose to go down with Titanic. However, the case in South Korea was totally different. Instead of allowing women and children to board the lifeboats first, the captain and crew members abandoned the ship and jumped into a lifeboat first when passengers were still on board. Now, the captain is facing criminal charges, including abandoning his ship, negligence, causing bodily injury, and not seeking rescue from other ships. Besides, he is criticized by delayed evacuation. Nevertheless, he has defended his actions. He indicated that it was a fairly fast current area, and the water temperature was cold. Also, there were no fishing boats or supporting ships around to help at that time. Your response to the news In my opinion, I think that the captain of the South Korean ferry really did wrong because he abandoned the ship and jumped into a lifeboat to flee the ship while there were hundreds of lives on the ferry. If I were him, I would not leave my passengers alone. I think that a good captain should have abilities to deal with urgent situations. In addition, he or she needs to be very brave while facing any kind of difficulty. With many passengers’ lives in his hand, the captain should have stayed on board until the last passenger got off the ship. However, I also think that the captain was a little pitiful when he told the public the reasons why he did not evacuate passengers in time. Although the captain will be punished for the big mistakes, the lives of the passengers will not come back.