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Greek Crusie Accident

Greek Cruise Accident Injury Lawsuits

Greek Cruise Accident | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Injury, Death | International Shipping Safety Regulations Violations, Polluting Environment, Sinks, Insufficient Safety Equipment

Greek Cruise Accident

The captain of a cruise ship that sank off an Aegean Sea island, sending more than 1,500 passengers and crew onto rescue boats, was charged on April 7, 2007 with causing a shipwreck through negligence. The 469-foot Sea Diamond cruise ship sank into the sea after hitting a well-marked and charted reef in fair weather, inside the Greek island of Santorini. The ship's captain has blamed Thursday's accident on sea currents that swept the Sea Diamond onto a charted reef off the island of Santorini, tearing a hole in the ship's hull.

Additionally, the ship's Greek captain was also charged with violating international shipping safety regulations and polluting the environment, a Merchant Marine Ministry spokeswoman said. Five other officers were questioned, but the spokeswoman was unable to confirm a state TV report that they also had been charged. The ship was minutes away from docking under the spectacular cliffs that make Santorini one of Greece's top tourist destinations. The ship was carrying 1,154 tourists, most from the U.S., and 391 hundred-crew members. Dozens of American high school students were among the passengers.

Many passengers complained of an insufficient supply of life vests and lifeboats, little guidance from crew-members and being forced into a steep climb down rope ladders to safety. One passenger said she and her friends clung to the deck railing as the ship started sinking. "It was the most horrifying experience in the world. There weren't enough life boats," said, the 18-year-old from Boca Raton, Fla., who returned home on April 7, 2007. "We had to walk a plank from the ship to a ferry boat." Passengers said water quickly filled the bottom floors and spilled from the pools. Several people had broken arms, and many passengers didn't even have time to put on shoes after crewmembers started banging on doors yelling for people to put on their life jackets.

A spokesman for the ship's Cyprus-based operator, Louis Cruise Lines, said the company was working closely with Greek investigators.

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Apr 13, 2007 | AP
Investigators using a remote-controlled submarine found a sunken Greek cruise ship's data recorder and planned to bring it to the surface Friday, authorities said. The Merchant Marine Ministry said the recorder could reveal details of the sinking of the Sea Diamond, information they hope to use in the prosecution of crew members. Two French tourists remain missing from the ship, which struck well-marked rocks April 5 and sank off the main port of the Greek holiday island of Santorini. Nearly...

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Apr 11, 2007 | AP
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Greek Minister: Human Error Caused Cruise Ship Sinking

Apr 10, 2007 | AP
Greece's merchant marine minister said Tuesday that he believed human error was involved in the fatal collision and sinking of a cruise ship just off a Greek resort island last week. The minister was speaking after he gave Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis an update on the search operation in Santorini harbor, where the cruise liner Sea Diamond hit rocks and foundered early Friday. Nearly 1,600 people were rescued during a three-hour operation late Thursday, but the bodies of two French...

Two French tourists missing after cruise ship sinks; captain charged over unusual accident

Apr 9, 2007 |
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Greek Cruise Ship Evacuation Probed

Apr 9, 2007 | AP
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