Disasters: Left to Be Answered

The expressive face, ordinarily lined with the reassuring smile marks of the luxury-liner captain, now was creased by weariness and worry. "I—I have had no sleep in such a long time," said Captain Avner Freudenberg, 53, a 31-year veteran of the sea, to reporters.

"I cannot—you will understand—give any details now." In response to continued questioning, Freudenberg finally smiled painfully and said: "I will now shut up. I cannot give any details." There were plenty of questions to be answered and plenty of details to be filled in by Freudenberg, skipper of...

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