The disturbing circumstances surrounding the "disappearance" of Princess crew member Angelo Faliva continue to fill the newspapers and television airways in Italy as the cruise line continues to keep the Faliva family in the dark.
U.K. security officer, Officer Michael Groves, has weighed in with his opinion regarding the sorry state of affairs surrounding Princess Cruises’ attempt to spin a story that it has no idea what happened to young Angelo Faliva. Officer Groves writes:
"I read with sadness the news that yet another young, vibrant and seemingly happy crew member has apparently "disappeared" from yet another cruise ship, the Coral Princess and yet the company, his employers can only really round off the incident as “We are really very puzzled . . . We do not know what happened.”
Puzzled – lets look at that word. As we all know its definition means to be perplexed or confused, to ponder or study over some perplexing problem or matter.
Sorry I am more than puzzled, I am appalled! I am appalled that yet again a monolithic liner – a modern ‘floating’ city with reams of close circuit television camera’s (CCTV) affixed to numerous points both internally and most certainly externally on board the Coral Princess, appears to have yielded no footage at all?"
Princess Cruises’ deplorable handling of this case was highlighted by the reportedly cold treatment of Mr. Faliva’s sister, Chiara, by the Master of the cruise ship, Captain Mariano Manfuso, after Ms. Faliva traveled from Italy to California – where Princess Cruises is based – to try and find information about her brother.
Why have Princess Cruises and Master Manfuso (photos above and to the right) not cooperated with the Faliva family? Why has Master Manfuso not turned over copies of all of the vessel’s logs and reports to the Faliva family?
Why didn’t Master Manfuso make certain that the cruise ship’s surveillance tapes from hundreds of cameras were immediately turned over to the FBI or to the Bermuda investigators? Why the delay?
How can I sit in my office in Miami and look online at Princess’ grainy bridge cam (below) for the Coral Princess, but Princess’ security guards and supervisors can’t monitor the hundreds of high resolution surveillance cameras on the ship itself to determine when a crew member goes overboard?
Was Master Manfuso put on the sideline after the cruise line lawyers and risk managers took over the "investigation?"
Is the cruise line engaged in a cover up?
What is going on aboard your cruise ship Master Manfuso?
The world is watching.
Top photograph of Captain Manfuso Flickr photo.klick’s photostream
Bottom photograph of Captain Manfuso mincomercio.gov.co
Coral Princess bridge cam Coral Princess, Princess Cruises