Sunday, January 15, 2012

Update: Captain of Cruise-Ship Should Face Severe Penalties, Imprisonment if Convicted

According to an AP report, Italian Coast Guard Commander Francesco Paolillo, urged his officers to tell Francesco Schettino, captain of the the Italian cruise-ship, Costa Concordia, to return to his ship and honor his duty to stay aboard until everyone else was safely off the vessel, but he ignored this instruction.

While the ship's evacuation was still underway, the captain was seen on the island of Giglio by several witnesses.

COMMENT: Authorities are holding Schettino for investigation of suspected manslaughter and abandoning his ship among other possible charges. According to Italian maritime law, a captain who abandons his/her ship during an at-sea crisis can face up to 12 years in prison.

If Captain Schettino violated any law or regulation in conjunction with misconduct on his part after the ship ran aground, he should face the strongest penalties possible to include losing his maritime license and being terminated from his employer, as well as stiff penalties and imprisonment if convicted.

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