I am acquaintanced with one of the immediate family members. It has been a very, very hard year for her and her children. She is going through more terror as she watches Hurricane Matthew approach. Matthew is making everything real and immediate for her, all over again.
If you know any of the family members, reach out and let them know you have their back. And…we in the business must not take our eye off what the NTSB, USCG, class society and the other entities do in regards to this investigation. It’s easy enough to call and write your Congress Critter and make them get off their asses. It’s also cathartic. By the way, the life you may help save one day…just might be your own.
The families, as far as I can tell, want to be able to hear the voice recordings. There is precedent set with aircraft casualties. I support them in this. It may be time to go to Whitehouse.gov and begin a petition but I’d rather one of the families begin such a thing. I will gladly sign.
We must not allow this to be swept under the rug and forgotten.