Are Captains who abandon ship breaking the law?

The captain of the South Korean ferry that sank with hundreds of high school students aboard is under criminal investigation for his actions, but it’s not clear whether he broke any laws by being one of the first people off the crippled boat.

While the “captain goes down with his ship” is considered a law of the sea, it’s really more just a guideline, experts say.

Lee Joon-seok, 69, climbed onto one of the first lifeboats to launch from the ship just a half an hour after reporting an accident.
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Italian Police Detain Somali in Migrant Shipwreck

Police in Sicily have detained a 34-year-old Somali alleged to be the organizer behind the smugglers’ ship packed with migrants that sank off the coast of a southern Italian island, killing more than 365 migrants.

Police on Friday announced the detention of Mouhamud Elmi Muhidin, who faces charges of kidnapping, sexual assault, people trafficking and criminal association with the goal of aiding illegal immigration. The suspect was identified by survivors.

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Costa Concordia disaster: five jailed, Captain Schettino still on trial

Four Costa Concordia crew members and a company official have been sentenced to jail in Italy for their part in the 2012 cruise ship disaster that killed 32 people. The five received sentences of between 18 and 34 months for multiple manslaughter, negligence and shipwreck, in exchange for pleading guilty. None of the five are likely to be jailed as the sentences of under two years were suspended and the longer ones may be replaced with house arrest or community service, lawyers said. “I think that the sentences are not enough,” said Robert Fehrer, 28, whose brother Szandor, a violinist, died in the disaster.

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Second Carnival Cruise Ship Having Trouble at Sea

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Another day, another Carnival cruise ship is having issues. The company announced late Thursday night that the Carnival Legend, currently off the coast of Honduras, is unable to sail at its optimal speed because of a technical problem, forcing the ship to cut short passengers’ vacation. The Carnival Legend has canceled its visit to Grand Cayman today so it can immediately return to its homeport in Tampa Bay, Fla., according to a news release. The Legend is on the last leg of a seven-day Caribbean cruise that departed Tampa March 10.

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Another Carnival Cruise ship malfunctions at sea, the second time this week. Passengers on The Carnival Legend won’t be able to stop at the Grand Cayman Islands, due to technical issues with the ship’s thrusters. The beleaguered cruise company’s Carnival Dream was also plagued with troubles earlier this week. NY Daily News
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Carnival cruise ship to be towed after fire


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(CNN) — A Carnival cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico with more than 4,200 passengers and crew will be towed to port after a weekend engine fire left it dead in the water, a cruise line official said. The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Vigorous arrived to aid the stranded ship early Monday, the Coast Guard said.

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Costa Concordia Captain Francesco Schettino Claims ‘Shocking Truth’

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Captain Francesco Schettino gained infamy in January after abandoning his cruise ship, the Costa Concordia, when it sank off the Tuscan island of Giglio in Italy. Schettino allegedly piloted the liner too close to shore as a “salute,” which ended in disaster and the deaths of 32 people.Dubbed “Captain Coward” by the press, Schettino has faced a wave of criticism over the tragedy, which cost him his job, and may result in charges of manslaughter.

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Costa Concordia salvage may be delayed until spring

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ROME – Officials say the capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship will not be moved from its resting place off Italy’s Tuscan coast as quickly as planned. Giglio island Mayor Sergio Ortelli told reporters Monday that the timetable for removal of the liner, now lying on its side off the island’s port, has been pushed back.The Italian government office overseeing removal said in a statement that the Concordia should be set upright and able to float again by the end of spring 2013, ahead of Giglio’s next tourist season.
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4 fishermen missing in sea off Mindoro

MANILA — The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Monday that four fishermen have been reported missing in the sea off Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro since Saturday. A tropical storm that roughed up seas and dumped torrents of monsoon rains has left one person dead and caused barges to smash into dozens of shanties along Manila Bay. Four unidentified fishermen from Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro were reported missing after setting sail on Sunday. The fishermen were riding in pairs in two small boats when they left. They were supposed to be back Sunday.

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90 Still Missing After Boat Capsizes off Indonesia

An international search effort was under way on Friday to locate possible survivors from a fishing vessel carrying some 200 people believed to be seeking asylum in Australia after the boat capsized in rough seas south of the main Indonesian island of Java. Ships and aircraft found more bodies but no survivors Friday while searching for scores of men still missing after a boat carrying about 200

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