It will be interesting to see what Princess determines from their investigation. This is what they posted on Facebook:
"We’re aware of the allegations that Star Princess supposedly passed by a boat in distress that was carrying three Panamanian fishermen on March 10, 2012. At this time we cannot verify the facts as reported, and we are currently conducting an internal investigation on the matter.
We were very saddened to learn that two lives were lost aboard the boat, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families involved.
Princess Cruises is dedicated to the highest standards of seamanship wherever our ships sail, and we understand it is our duty to assist any vessel in distress. We have come to the aid of many people at sea, and we will continue to do so."
Yes, it will be interesting to see how this plays out. I find it hard to believe they would knowingly leave someone stranded. As mentioned, there are always reports of cruise ship coming to the rescue of those stranded at sea.
It seems as we move through 2012, the cruise industry, is again in the news. The end result of the investigation I hope, is this is not the truth. I cannot fathom how a Captain of a ship would let this scenario play out without a full on rescue attempt. But, then I didn't think the Concordia Captain, would do what he did either....Time will tell.
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Princess has an official statement on their website which includes the results of their preliminary investigation.
I suppose the good news (if you can call it that) is that the Captain was not notified of the people in distress. It appears to have been a breakdown in communication in relaying the passenger's concern.