Captain Charged with Negligence ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Captain Charged with Negligence

A Greek cruise ship that struck a volcanic reef and forced the evacuation of hundreds of tourists sank on Friday, 15 hours after it began taking on water off the coast of this Mediterranean island. The captain of the cruise ship has been charged with negligence. The 469-foot Sea Diamond was operated by Louis Cruise Lines, part of a Cyprus-based tourism group. The Merchant Marine Ministry said 1,195 passengers and 391 crew members were on board. Passengers on Thursday climbed down rope ladders to coast guard boats below in a three-hour rescue that involved Greece's military, commercial ships and the island's local fishermen. Passengers on the cruise were mostly American, and also included groups from Canada and Spain.

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