NAVY Seal Instructor Reno Alberto (p103):
“This is high-risk training. And we define that as anywhere there is potential for serious injury or loss of life. Any of you see anything unsafe, or any situation where you may be in unnecessary danger, speak up immediately. We do not like mistakes, understand that?
Always remember your own accountability, to yourselves, your superiors, and your teammates. The chain of command is sacred. Use it. Keep your boat crew leaders and your class leaders informed of any digression from the normal. And stay with your swim buddy. I don’t care if you’re going to the head, you stay right with him. Understood?
Integrity, gentlemen. You don’t lie, cheat, or steal. Ever. You lose an item of gear, you put in a chit and report it. You do not take someone else’s gear. I won’t pretend that has not happened here in the past. Because it has. But those guys were instantly finished. Their feet never touched the ground. They were gone. That day. You will respect your classmate. And his gear. You do not take what is not yours. Understood?
Finally, reputation. And your reputation begins right here. And so does the reputation of Class 226. And that’s a reflection on me. It’s a responsibility I take very personally. Because reputation is everything. In life, and especially right here in Coronado. So stay focused. Keep your head right in the game. Put out a hundred percent at all times, because we’ll know if you don’t. And never, ever, leave your swim buddy. Any questions?”
One time during Indoc while we were out on night run, one of the instructors actually climbed up the outside of a building, came through an open window, and absolutely trashed a guy’s room, threw everything everywhere, emptied detergent over his bed gear. He went back out the way he’d come in, waited for everyone to return, and then tapped on the poor guy’s door and demanded a room inspection. The guy couldn’t work out whether to be furious or heartbroken, but he spent most of the night cleaning up and still had to be in the showers at 0430 with the rest of us.
I asked Reno about this weeks later, and he told me, “Marcus, the body can take damn near anything. It’s the mind that needs training. The question that guy was being asked involved mental strength. Can you handle such injustice? Can you cope with that kind of unfairness, that much of a setback? And still come back with your jaw set, still determined, swearing to God you will never quit? That’s what we’re looking for.”
Aug 24, 2013
The wreckage of the bus being removed from the crash site yesterday. The accident on Wednesday killed 37 people. — PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK
KUALA LUMPUR – Genting’s Fire and Rescue department chief has described the bus crash that killed dozens of people this week as the worst accident he has seen in his 26 years of experience.
Mr M. Mahandran said he watched victims die in front of him after he rushed to the scene of Malaysia’s worst road accident.
The packed bus dived into a ravine on Wednesday, killing 37 people, including the driver. Rescue efforts were called off a day later.
“I saw people die in front of me,” Mr Mahandran said. “When we got there about 30 minutes after the accident, we could hear some of the victims calling out to us, asking to be saved.
“There were bodies everywhere and, by the time we got to them, they could not hold on any longer.”
He said some passengers trapped in the wreckage were pinned down by bodies.
He spoke of his relief at being able to save two victims stuck at the back of the bus. “We were glad to see them alive,” he said in a Star report yesterday.
After cranes hauled the bus out of the ravine yesterday, Mr Mahandran and his team noticed that diesel was leaking from the tank.
“We are glad the bus hadn’t exploded as that could have led to more deaths,” he said. Rescue officials used soda to stop the diesel from going down the road.
One survivor recounted the terror he felt when he was sandwiched between bodies after the bus plummeted into the ravine.
Mr Tan Ming Shing, who is receiving treatment at Kuala Lumpur Hospital, said he was stuck between two bodies for around half an hour before he was pulled to safety.
“My only thought at the time was that I had to stay alive no matter what happened. I was trapped. There were bodies on top of me and under me. Luckily, I still had a bit of room to breathe,” said the 26-year-old.
Mr Tan, who works at a kitchen in Genting, suffered a broken left arm during the accident, The Star said.
“When the bus plunged down, passengers were screaming, crying or praying. I was sure I was going to die,” he said.
He said the impact was so great that he was flung from his seat at the back of the bus to the front. “If not for the big trees there, the bus would have plunged down even further,” he added.
The police yesterday concluded their inspection of the accident area. The wreckage of the bus will be sent to the Bentong police headquarters for further investigation, a Star report said.
The bus will be dismantled to allow experts to investigate the cause of the accident, The New Straits Times reported.
“Some of the things that will be inspected will be the road-worthiness of the vehicle and the functions of the brakes and tyres,” said Bentong Police Chief Superintendent Mohd Mansor.