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Old August 2nd, 2006, 05:58 PM
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Airplanes, cruiseships, is nothing sacred??

SEATTLE (Reuters) - A cruise ship captain pleaded guilty Monday to operating a Celebrity Cruise Line vessel -- carrying 1,884 passengers -- while under the influence of alcohol.

The U.S. Coast Guard arrested Periklis Petridis, a Greek citizen in command of the Mercury cruise liner, on May 19, hours before the ship was scheduled to depart from a Seattle pier for Alaska.

During a routine Coast Guard check, officials discovered the captain had been drinking. Tests found Petridis, 47, with a blood alcohol level as high as 0.181, more than four times the federal maritime limit for operating a ship.

As part of a plea agreement, Petridis received one year's probation, a $15,000 fine and a one-year ban from entering U.S. waters as an employee of any commercial vessel.

Celebrity Cruise's parent company, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., relieved Petridis of command and dismissed him after his arrest in May.
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Jean,

A cruise ship captain pleaded guilty Monday to operating a Celebrity Cruise Line vessel -- carrying 1,884 passengers -- while under the influence of alcohol.

The U.S. Coast Guard arrested Periklis Petridis, a Greek citizen in command of the Mercury cruise liner, on May 19, hours before the ship was scheduled to depart from a Seattle pier for Alaska.


This appears to be the same incident discussed at the time of the arrest in this thread and this thread. The plea deal concludes the criminal prosecution for that offense.

Tests found Petridis, 47, with a blood alcohol level as high as 0.181...

This blood alcohol level is substantially higher than what was indicated in the discussion at the time of the arrest.

BTW, do you have a link to the article?

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You are correct, the Captain is the same one as previously reported, it is not another one.

Heres a link:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060801/...me_sailor_dc_2
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Amazing, isn't it?? You finally get a GREAT job as a captain of a cruise ship, and have no qualms about screwing it up! I would never risk my great job by doing something as silly as that, but perhaps they think these jobs are a dime a dozen???? :o
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JeanS: It does make you wonder doesn't it?

Look at all the mess that Mr. Mel Gibson is in....for not having self-control...and drinking in excess! The shine is off the bottle now...this is going to cost him.
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That's true, Fieldmouse, but at least Gibson's ignorant remarks didn't have the possibility of killing or hurting anyone...

...unless, who knows how many people he didn't hire because of a Jewish sounding surname.....fer shame!
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JeanS: In regards to this latest Gibson incident...

I'm reminded of a quote you might appreciate from Saint Bonaventure: "An example of the monkey: The higher it climbs, the more you see of its behind"
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Haha, that is way too friggin' funny....
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