The U.S. national media has now focused on a lawsuit arising out of the notorious "sail by" where a Princess cruise ship sailed by three desperate Panamanian men lost at sea in a disabled little fishing boat. Two young men from Panama, age 16 and 24 died. One man, Adrian Vasquez, age 18, survived but had to endure the horror of watching his friends suffer and die at sea.
We first reported on the lawsuit in Survivor of Infamous Star Princess "Sail By" Sues Princess Cruises.
Now all of the major newspapers and media sources are on to the story. The article Panama Fisherman Sues Cruise Line For Not Helping is on the first page of Yahoo News.
The facts of this case are particularly outrageous and could not come at a worst time for the cruise industry. First, the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship alters course to impress the residents of Giglio (not to mention his girlfriend) and wrecks the cruise ship and kills 32 people. Now, the captain of the Star Princess refuses to alter course and kills two men in the process.
It is always interesting to scan through the comments to news articles to get a feeling how the public reacts to stories like this about the cruise lines. The comments about Princess Cruises and the cruise industry today are brutal. Here are examples from the Yahoo article:
"Maritime law and morality was abandoned. A place in hell is reserved for anyone involved in abandoning those in need of rescue at sea . . . "
"I don't trust Cruise Lines period, I'm glad this man is suing the cruise-liner, restitution for the victims families."
"I hope the goal is not to settle but to seek punishment for this criminal act."
"It's called manslaughter. The captain should be charged. He knows the maritime law. - and he's just as bad as that Italian captain who was the 1st one off the sinking ship."
"I hope he wins the case, although Princess will probably try to crush him with lawyers and legal stall tactics."
This is a case which Cruise Law News will be watching closely. Cruises lines like Princess will not try and reach a reasonable settlement with the young Panamanian man. Princess Cruises' first step will be to try and dismiss the case from Florida and prevent the case from reaching a jury.
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