Two Austinites Displaced in Costa Concordia Cruise Ship Wreck
Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 17-Jan-2012
Two Austinites were among 4,200 passengers aboard the Costa Concordia when the cruise ship wrecked off the shore of Giglio Island off the coast of Tuscany, Italy, killing at least 11 people, according to CNN reports, and leaving countless others missing.
Despite the frantic search for missing passengers and efforts by emergency crews to aid those affected by the cruise ship wreck, the chaotic evacuation has provoked serious considerations regarding the safety, training and emergency procedures of such ships.
The captain of Costa Concordia has most recently been placed under arrest after abandoning the ship while its passengers struggled aboard.
Austin residents, Steve Garcia and Blake Miller, were on the cruise ship, when it wrecked and reported the disorganization surrounding emergency preparations that never took place to prepare passengers for such an emergency.
According to recent reports by CBS, at least 29 people are still missing following the fatal cruise ship wreck.
But while the tragic event has placed great attention on the safety and emergency procedures of cruise ships, injured and displaced passengers continue to struggle as family and friends seek loved ones while questioning how the tragedy could have occurred among international regulations and cruise ship requirements.
Despite high standards for cruise ships in the United States, other countries do no hold such stringent requirements, sparking some cruise ship companies to operate from other countries that require much less.
Different languages spoken by crew members and high turnover rates are just some of the other factors that can potentially affect the safety of passengers and employees while cruise occupants struggle to communicate during hectic periods.
With Texas passengers choosing cruise ships as a method of travel and vacationing, the safety and wellbeing of you and your loved ones is a vital responsibility taken on by cruise ship companies, who should provide imperative emergency plans and ensure the safety of cruise ship passengers throughout voyages. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a cruise ship accident, call our personal injury lawyers in Austin and across Texas for a free consultation today.
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