This is exactly what the ship did. They said there are clear visual and audible warnings.
Except people seem to ignore the part where I said that it should be difficult for the captain to ignore those warnings and go joyriding with no consequences. I never said they should not be able to control the ship themselves (even with the "auto-pilot suggestion, I said it could still be overridden). Where did the idea come from that the crew would no longer be able to control the ship?
Specifically, going off-course should be an "exception", and as such the captain should then be required to complete a formal report of why it was necessary to go off-course. This will absolutely not put anyone in danger since they can still alter course if, say, an oil tanker happens to be in their path. But it will discourage joyriding and "showing off" type behavior.
Captains just issue orders, and the crew has to follow them no matter how foolish they are, even if they have to override 100 alarms. The captain just says "do a flyby of this island" and the crew has to go and carry out the orders. What probably happened here is a mate on watch was distracted and missed a turn. But we won't know for sure until they go over the black boxes.
Whatever the consequences that happened, I just hope that the survivors are doing okay. And that something be done about avoiding the loss of life. When people are meant to enjoy their time, exploring far off places. Not losing their lives because someone made a bad decision.
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