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Both the Owner & the Captain of A Cruise Line - Both Charged in Ferry Accident

By Critical_Conformity     Feb 5, 2007 in Crime
A grand jury has served up criminal charges against the owner of a cruise line and the captain of a boat that capsized in October 2005 in upstate New York, killing 20 elderly tourists.
Shoreline Cruises and Capt. Richard Paris are both charged with failing to have enough crew members aboard the Ethan Allen tour boat when it flipped over in Lake George in Oct 2005, sending a boatload into the chilly water.
Paris was the only crew member aboard; state navigation law required at least two for the 47 passengers on board that day.
The federal board last summer concluded that the boat was dangerously unstable and should have carried only a quarter of the passengers onboard.
The Ethan Allen was certified to carry 48 passengers plus two crew, according to weight limits that have since been modified. There were 48 people on the boat _ including Paris _ when it capsized, but federal investigators said the boat should not have been certified to carry that many people.
9 lawsuits have been filed in federal court by survivors and victims' families against the boat operator, tour organizers and others.
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