As a general rule, and which of us not burdened with precise minds deal in anything less than generalities, I don’t care for “Where are they now” type of thinking. Most of that dislike is tied up in knowing where I am now and where the path has taken me.
All of that aside, having seen the area in question, I have wondered what happened to C Captain Joseph Hazelwood. I was also curious as to the results of his criminal trial. So, I went searching.
I found a life I emphasize with, and, while not feeling it a complete waste, did find a certain sadness in its out come.
The man worked very hard for his position as a Ships Master. Many years of formal schooling and years of apprenticeship were devoted to it. And he was found guilty of one Captain Hazelwood thing and only one thing: Spilling oil unauthorized. For which he was given a plea bargained 200 hours community service.
The government was found guilty of more violation than what the crew of the vessel were found guilty.
The Exxon Valdez was renamed the Exxon Mediterranean. The Captain was eventually allowed his Masters license again, he did skipper for Exxon again. But in the interim earned a living as a lobster fisherman. He completed his 200 hours of community service.
And so goes a life.
From the reaches,