Captain Francesco Schettino of the cruise ship “Costa Concordia” was interviewed by Italian television for the first time after the accident that cost the lives of 32 people last Wednesday. Although those fluent in both languages (Italian and English) claim that something may be “lost in translation”, most seem to agree that while the captain seemed to be sorry “for what happened” of “for upsetting people”, he fell short of saying he “was sorry for what he did”….
According to the BBC, Captain Schettino said: “When there’s an accident, it is not just the ship that is identified or the company, the captain is identified and so it is normal that I should apologize as a representative of this system”. The captain went on to describe the tragedy as “a banal accident”, one “made worst by fate and human error”.
After all, an article on gawker.com states, the evidence seems to suggest he was “showboating” for a retired fellow ship captain when he brought his ship way too close to shore, causing it to hit some allegedly unchartered reefs, capsize and sink half way on top of those reefs.
Evidence Seems to Contradict Captain’s Statement During Interview
Evidence from the ship’s black box recorder seems to contradict Captain Schettino’s claim that he was above deck and that another officer was in charge at the time of the accident. He blamed himself for getting “distracted by a phone call”. However, the black box recorded that the captain himself disabled the ship’s automatic pilot function, taking control of the vessel about six minutes before the collision.
In our experience, it is not uncommon for cruise line officials, including captains, not to offer public apologies after accidents at sea occur.
The Lawyers of Greenberg Stone and Urbano Can Help
Please note that it is also not uncommon for a Cruise line to pressure injured passengers into accepting a refund as compensation for their injuries. Injured passengers should not give into the company’s pressure and accept a mere refund in exchange for their injuries. If you or a loved one have suffered serious injuries or if a loved one died while on a cruise vacation, the cruise line may owe you financial compensation and we can help your family recover that compensation.
However, please note that it is important for you to remember that these cases are governed by certain conditions established in the tickets. For example, according to most tickets, claimants have only six months to give written notice of the claim to the cruise line company and one year from the date of the incident to file suit in court.
Consequently, you should contact a lawyer with experience handling these matters as soon as possible. Only the prompt legal action initiated by an attorney on behalf of your family will force the cruise to compensate you for your past and future medical costs (including rehabilitation therapy), your pain and suffering and your lost wages. Also, please note that a Florida lawyer will handle your entire case, including the initial consultation, on a contingency fee basis. This means that you don’t have to pay your attorney anything, unless he o she wins your case.
Throughout the years the Cruise Lines Injury Lawyers of Greenberg Stone and Urbano have handled many such cases against these cruise lines and we can help you obtain the compensation you may deserve.
If you or a close relative suffered an injury while on a cruise, we urge you to contact a law firm with experience handling cruise ship injury cases. Visit our website to learn more about our firm and contact us today.