Two cruise ship passengers missing after falling overboard off Australia

Authorities were conducting an air and marine search Thursday off Australia’s east coast for two cruise passengers who were believed to have fallen overboard the night before. The couple, Australian citizens from New South Wales state, were discovered missing Thursday morning after the Carnival Spirit docked at Sydney’s Circular Quay, at the end of a 10-day journey, said New South Wales Police Superintendent Mark Hutchings. He said surveillance camera footage showed that the couple — a 30-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman whose names have not been released — fell from the ship’s mid deck Wednesday night, when the ship was about 120 kilometers (65 nautical miles) off the coast of Forster, a city 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of Sydney.

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Troubled freighter drifts toward Great Barrier Reef

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A broken-down cargo ship was drifting towards the fringes of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Saturday, with fears of major damage if it were to run aground at the World Heritage-listed site. Authorities were rushing to the assistance of the Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier, the ID Integrity, which broke down north of Cairns.


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Cruise shipwreck survivors file suit

New York Daily News
Six surviving passengers have filed a $460 million suit for damages against Costa Cruises and parent company Carnival Cruises. Six passengers from shipwrecked Costa Concordiaare suing Carnival Cruises in a Miami court seeking hundreds of millions of  dollars. The lawsuit names Costa Cruises and parent company, Carnival Cruises; lawyer cites ‘stress of disaster’. The luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia lies on its side after it ran aground off the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, on Jan. 15. Six surviving passengers have filed a $460 million suit for damages against Costa Cruises and parent company Carnival Cruises. Read more

U.S. citizens may face legal hurdle

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 But Bern’s civil complaint against Costa Cruises and its operator, Miami-based CarnivalCorporation, faces a major legal problem because of where the lawsuit is being filed, according to legal experts. U.S. citizens who were on the Costa Concordia and want to sue may be lost in the sea of fine print written on the back of their ticket vouchers, according to legal experts.

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Costa Offers Compensation to Concordia Passengers

Costa Offers Compensation to Concordia Passengers
Wall Street Journal
Costa, a unit of the world’s biggest cruise operator, Miami-based Carnival Corp., also said it would reimburse passengers the full costs of their cruise, travel expenses and any medical expenses sustained after the grounding.
 

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Carnival Cruise billionaire CEO is MIA following Condordia shipwreck disaster

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Sending condolences from Miami is not cutting it. The Independent: Angry consumer groups are demanding to know why Micky Arison, the billionaire head of Costa Cruise’s Miami-based parent company, Carnival Corporation, has failed to make an appearance. How can a CEO fail to show interest in one of the worst maritime disasters in years? Read More

New photos show lifeboat evacuation of Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia

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New photos show lifeboats spilling out of the Costa Concordia after the cruise ship ran aground off the coast of Italy. The photos show lifeboats, illuminated by lights from the Costa Concordia, sailing away from the partly submerged ship to the nearby Isola del Giglio island. Nearly 4,200 passengers and crew members were evacuated. Read More