Thursday, April 19, 2012

Panamá: Cruise-Ship Ignores Fishing Boat in Distress, Two Die Because Ship Did Not Stop

As most of our readers are well aware of, during the last couple of years cruise-ship lines have deteriorated in a number of ways. This deterioration includes passengers being criminally victimized while participating in ship-sponsored shore activities, passenger disappearances aboard at-sea ships, fires aboard ships rendering them unable to have electricity and operate under their own power and, of course, the ill-fated Costa Concordia whose captain left the ship to save his own hide while passengers perished.

To see some of my postings involving cruise-ship emergencies, simply go to a list of my postings and type in "cruise-ships."

The below link from an extremely well-written Associate Press report, depicts passenger accounts of the Star Princess, whose staff failed to report to the ship's captain a fishing boat in distress off the coast of Panamá. Because the Star Princess did not stop for the boat and render aid to a distressed vessel that had run out of gas, two of the men on the distressed boat died.

COMMENT: Admittedly, cruise-ships have schedules to keep, but it is criminally negligent for any vessel to not stop and rescue passengers on the high seas when observed by those aboard a ship capable of rendering aid.

As the AP article clearly emphasizes, some passengers did everything humanly possible to get word to the captain of the Star Princess about the disabled vessel, but the chain-of-command simply broke down or was non-existent.

Clearly, the US Coast Guard and Panamanian authorities should thoroughly investigate the conduct of the Star Princess.

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