Why focus on death of passenger?

IN GOOD HANDS: Captain Kgadi Matlala, who brought the Queen Mary 2 into port
IN GOOD HANDS: Captain Kgadi Matlala, who brought the Queen Mary 2 into port

I READ with delight your article “Ship’s come in for PE tourism” (The Herald, April 16).

What an amazing coup for Port Elizabeth to host not only the Queen Mary 2 but also the Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth ocean liners next year.

Let’s hope that the Port Elizabeth tourism and service sector jump at the chance to showcase their city.

What perturbed me about the article however, was the unnecessary and undeserved attention paid to the death of an elderly passenger.

Do the correspondents not know that with around 4 000 people on board the liner, she is akin to a floating city?

People die of old age, heart attacks and any number of illnesses all the time regardless of being on land or at sea.

Why pay attention to this when, with all the doom and gloom going on in our country, an illuminating opportunity was the relevant issue, not the natural death of a passenger.

-Robbie Cameron Avis, Kenton-on-Sea

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