Cruise ship ignores vessel in distress, 2 perish off Panama

Posted: 04/19/2012 in all marine news

gCaptain –

On the 10th of March, the cruise ship Star Princess, owned by Princess Cruises, sailed by a fishing vessel which had been stranded at sea for two weeks.

Noting the crew of the fishing vessel was clearly trying to gain the attention of the cruise ship, three passengers on board the Star Princess who witnessed this immediately alerted the ship’s watchstanders.

No action was taken and the ship’s log recorded that they were avoiding the fisherman’s nets and did not acknowledge the apparent distress of the Panamanian fishermen.

In a statement, Princess Cruises says, “We’re aware of the allegations that Star Princess supposedly passed by a boat in distress that was carrying three Panamanian fishermen on March 10.

At this time we cannot verify the facts as reported, and we are currently conducting an internal investigation on the matter.”

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