Well I am back home and everything is so sad really. They had a short service aboard for the crew yesterday and some passengers did attend although it was really for the crew. To be honest I don't think i had the guts to go, just too emotional.Welcome back Dave! Glad to hear you're back safely. Must have been a horrible few days. Good to see Thomson handling the situation well though with getting everyone home.
They were testing all the lifeboat falls today which involved lowering the boat, sailing it away and attaching a huge bag to each fall, this was then hauled up and pumped full of hundreds of tons of seawater. If they all pass I believe they are hoping the ship will get a safety certificate and can cruise again from friday.
Getting everyone home was well handled with only a couple of glitches. The majority flew home yesterday and the last 650 today. After we left at 1pm I was told that most of the crew will be stood down and can do whatever they want.
I found it humbling that, even after all that had happened the crew went on doing their jobs with the normal efficiency and even managed to smile.
The damaged number 9 lifeboat remains on the dock at La Palma and the twin number 10 on the port side is also out of service. Passengers allocated to those boats were reassigned to others, and had to attend another lifeboat drill.
I would not speculate on the ultimate cause of the accident as it will be a long business to determine if anyone was to blame or if there was a fault in the cable etc etc. Sadly, the only ones to profit out of this may well be the lawyers.
Hope you're well. I know many on here are feeling quite upset about the recent events, so it must have been awful being onboard with it all happening.