Posted January 25th, 2012, 06:58 PM
We'd probably never know.
This is just an educated guess....but if you're wearing a flotation device in an enclosed evacuation area such as the one their bodies were found in, and the ship suddenly keels over, with the muster station now under water, it is inevitable that the buoyancy of the life-jacket itself would make escape impossible as the pax would now be trapped between the waterline and the ceiling/wall/floor as the case may be. It also doesn't help if you are infirmed or have mobility issues.
You can experiment by placing a foam pad in a transparent box floating in a tub of water and and quickly tipping the box underwater. The foam will be trapped against the bottom of the box!
It is my view that future regulations will ban muster stations in enclosed spaces such as lounges, theatres etc.
You've explained that very well. It's more or less what I had in mind but you've made it clearer.
If I remember correctly, the muster stations on the Concordia are on deck...at least that is where the drill is carried out. But of course from the deck there are doors to the lounges. perhaps with the long delays in the evacuation being given the go ahead, the crowds & maybe noise out on deck, the cold etc etc, they may have decided to wait inside for a little while.
Remember too, the ship was initially listing towards the other side. It was only after the turn it changed, & then from what I can gather it listed up to 60 degrees very quickly.
As you say though, once this movement took place, the wall (with doors out to the deck) would become the (submerged) floor, your floor would now be the wall & the only other doors out to a deck area would virtually be on the ceiling. We know how heavy these doors are & they would be impossible to open from such an angle, even if the water level allowed you to reach them. They would be trapped.