Those who were publicly calling for mercy and freedom for the Italian captain of the Costa Concordia, which ran aground in January this year, killing at least 30 persons, are mum on the Dayra Wood case. Yet, one aspect of the death of this 22-year-old female engineer cadet on board a Panama-flag products tanker should anger even ordinary folks: the ship was allowed to sail on for 17 days with her body kept inside the refrigerator. The ITF (International Transport Workers Federation) raised a hue and cry over the incident.

Where are the rest – those whose hearts bled for Captain Schettino and who avidly celebrate the annual Day of the Seafarer, professing love for all the toilers at sea? Perhaps they’re busy attending meetings…or selling nautical books. What hypocrisy! We can only pray for Ms Wood’s eternal repose and take solace in what the ancient Greeks said: those who die young are beloved of the gods. ~Barista Uno

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