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article imageCaptain Of Sunken Cruise Ship Faces Negligence Charges

By malan     Apr 7, 2007 in Crime
Captain and five officers of sunken Greek cruise ship that stranded 1,600 passengers are charged with negligence, breaching international shipping safety regulations and polluting the environment.
Three days ago I reported to Digital Journal that a cruise ship sunk and stranded over 1000 passengers. Since then it has been reported that at least two passengers are still unaccounted for and the ships captain and officers are being charged with negligence.
The captain and five other officers were formally charged with causing the shipwreck through negligence, breaching international shipping safety regulations and polluting the environment.
The ship crashed into a volcanic reef causing it to sink, 1,600 passengers were evacuated but a Frenchman Jean-Christophe Allain, 45 and his 16-year-old daughter, Maud are still unaccounted for and thought to be dead. The ship was minutes away from docking when they hit the reef.
Allain's wife who was also on the ship was rescued with the other passengers and said that their cabin filled with water and she narrowly escaped. She was unsure whether or not her family made it out alive.
"Whoever is responsible for this will be held accountable in the strictest way," Petralia said. "Greece is a major tourism destination and incidents like this must not be allowed to occur.
It has not been reported at this time exactly when the captain and crew will face a judge but you can believe that if they are found guilty, they will not see the ocean again for a long, long time.
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