Last March, three passengers aboard a Princess Cruise Lines ship were watching for birds on the deck when they noticed three men in the distance on an unmoving fishing boat. They alerted the ship’s crew to the presence of the stranded men. When they subsequently asked the ship’s officer two days later what had occurred with the fishing boat, the officer allegedly walked away without explanation. Later, they discovered nothing had been done to save the men.
“While many people would think that the duty to aid is universal, the laws concerning land and sea vary on the matter,” explained a personal injury attorney in California.
Unfortunately, while the three men were alive at the time when the cruise passengers spotted the fishing boat, by the time the fisherman were actually rescued, two of the three men had died. The 18-year-old who survived the ordeal is suing Princess Cruise Lines, claiming that the behavior of the officer and crew was beyond the bounds of decency and was shocking and intolerable.