Passenger Hurt in New York Seastreak Crash to Get $5M

Passenger Hurt in New York Seastreak Crash to Get $5M
Three passengers injured when a commuter ferry crashed into a lower Manhattan pier in 2013 have recently settled lawsuits for a total of nearly $6 million, including $5 million for a passenger who suffered brain injuries.

The settlements were signed by U.S. Magistrate Mark Falk this month in the ongoing litigation against Seastreak LLC, owner of the vessel.

More than 80 people were injured on Jan. 9, 2013 when the Wall Street-bound Seastreak crashed into a dock near the South Street Seaport, sending people tumbling down stairs and into walls.

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Italian officials sue Costa Concordia owner for $275 million

Costa Cruises, a unit of Carnival Corp., was hit with huge lawsuits by officials from Tuscany and the island of Giglio, who allege that the January 2012 disaster contributed to a major decline in area visitors.
Italian officials are suing the owner of the doomed Costa Concordia cruise ship for an eye-watering $275 million — over claims the liner disaster destroyed local tourism.

Costa Cruises, a unit of Carnival Corp., was hit with the mega-lawsuits by officials from Tuscany and the island of Giglio on Monday, according to reports.

They allege that the January 2012 disaster contributed to a major decline in visitors to the area, which they say will take “years” of investment to rectify.
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Victim’s body found from sunken South Korean ferry

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The first body found in three months was being recovered Tuesday from the sunken South Korean ferry, increasing the official death toll to 295, officials said.

The government task force said in a statement the body was found around a women’s toilet in the ship. The badly decayed body was being pulled up to the surface and DNA tests were planned to identify the victim, according to task force officials.

Victim’s body found from sunken South Korean ferry

I survived the Costa Concordia disaster by clinging to rope

When the Costa Concordia cruise ship hit rocks off the coast of Tuscany in January 2012, 32 people died. But for Emily Lau, 30, a musician from Oregon, making it ashore was just the start of the nightmare…

Through the chaos I felt calm.

There was a lot of fear and panic on that dark deck, with terrified crowds fighting to get on the remaining lifeboats, but I wasn’t frightened.

Looking at the surging crowd, realising we’d been pushed further back, I made my decision.

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Ferry service resumes after car plunges off dock

A crash froze ferry runs for Friday night when a 60-year-old Belfair man died crashing through the Southworth Ferry Dock barricade, driving himself into the bay.The sheriffs office got calls just after 6 pm friday about the SUV at 32 mph. The drowning/crash victim was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma. Washington State Ferries say ferry service has resumed.

Ferry service resumes after car plunges off dock Komonews

After Sewol Ferry Disaster, Koreans Lower Trust in Government

About 600 bereaved family members of the SEWOL FERRY DISASTER victims — many of them high school students — joined a march in Gwanghwamun Square, a government district and popular rally spot, But it ended in a scuffle when demonstrators tried to break through police lines, injuring several people.

So why the paranoia over demonstrations in this powerful and stable democracy, where free speech hardly poses an existential threat to peace, order and the rule of law?

Traffic was halted and sidewalks were obstructed to prevent the advance of a mass demonstration of, well, poetry readings and memorial songs for victims of the Sewol ferry sinking.

The event revealed the incredibly low trust that the South Korean government places in its people — and the extent to which its people return the favor. The thousands of demonstrators were suddenly halted on the final stretch of a peaceful two-day rally, while demanding a parliamentary investigation into the disaster that killed close to 300 people.

After Sewol Ferry Disaster, Koreans Lower Trust in Government NBC News

Wireless Technology Can Dramatically Improve Ship Safety

The sinking of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia in 2012 – and the reported difficulties in evacuating over 4,000 people with the eventual loss of 32 lives –underlined the urgent need to accurately trace passengers during emergencies.

Indeed, while most people on board were brought ashore during a six-hour evacuation, the search for missing passengers and crew continued for several months.
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Giglio residents vote to keep Concordia platforms

Residents of the Italian island of Giglio, where the Costa Concordia smashed into rocks two years ago, want to keep six massive undersea platforms used to support the cruise ship to create an artificial reef.

Defying a decision by Italy’s environmental ministry, which wants to remove the platforms now the ship has been towed away for scrap, Giglio’s town council has voted to keep the huge structures, which sit 90 feet below the surface close to the island’s main port.

“The people here want them to stay, and I am backing popular will,” said Gigilo mayor Sergio Ortelli. “We have voted to ask the ministry to keep it, if it is environmentally sound.”

Giglio residents vote to keep Concordia platforms Publication