This is a quote from another forum
"I was aboard condor Vitesse at the time of collision. They were travelling at normal cruising speed and stopped sounding the fog horn soon after leaving St malo. The sea was very calm. (Flat). Visibility was extremely poor 30-40m.
Condor crew seemed disorganised and seemed to be slow to act on passenger sightings. They posted no lookouts on outer decks or lower pods, choosing to obserb only from bridge. Passengers could hear cries for help, and saw fishermen waving on debris but Condor crew didn't seem to see them and repeatedly motored past. Condor crew failed to ready rescue boats. The rescue boats remained untouched until the vessel had been located, it took a furtehr 10 minutes to ready first boat. The second boat remained untouched until first boat had already recovered two crewmembers. I am no expert but I was say that the rescue was poorly executed by condor, although I suspect this was due to their procedures. If so they looking at, beacuse I have no doubt that the timing was an issue. There were also a large number of trainee crew memebers on board who were not on active duty. These people were not deployed to help in any way. I believe there may have also been additional deck crew who were accompanying these trainees, although this is only my assumption, having seen unfamiliar faces. I confess I was in the toilet when the impact occurred, but a friend described how immediately after the collision he looked at the way to see what appeared to be a fishing boat cut in two and sinking. I myself saw the two rescued fishermen standing on the wreckage waving through the fog.. Very haunting ! The vessel in question also had radar ! What could have possibly gone wrong? I know the Condor captain and he is a very experience fast ferry captain who has sailed this route for many years. I would have said he was an excellent captain... so what went wrong? "
"C.I. news reports 37 knots in visibility down to 30m. If true, crazy. Incident was in French waters, I wouldn't be surprised if there is a manslaughter charge. "