Costa Cruises Makes Headlines Again Following Crewmember Death

Lipcon, Marguiles, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A

It seems as though Costa Cruises just can’t get out of the headlines. The Costa Concordia tragedy on Jan. 13, 2012 was one of the worst cruise ship accidents in history, leading to the deaths of 32 people after Capt. Francesco Schettino ordered the vessel to divert its course in order to perform a maneuver called a “salute.” This brought the vessel too close to shore and it crashed into a massive rock, tearing a gash in the hull of the ship. The Concordia then capsized and partially sank off the coast of Giglio, Italy. The captain and several crewmembers are under investigation for the incident. The captain has been charged with abandoning ship and manslaughter.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, another Costa vessel, the Costa Allegra, was put out of commission following a cruise ship fire in February. Then again, last December, the Costa Pacifica was involved in a maritime accident in France after crashing into a pier in Marseilles. The vessel sustained damage, but luckily, no one was injured onboard.

Just when things couldn’t get worse for the cruise line, another tragic accident has been reported and this time, it seems as though the victim’s loved ones may be in need of legal counsel with a crewmember accident lawyer.

A crewmember onboard the Costa Serena was killed while working on the vessel. According to Italian authorities, the victim, a 47-year-old Indonesian man identified as Sahid Bin Fauzi, was working as a mechanic on the Serena when he reportedly fell into a ventilation duct in one of the ship’s engines while working on the maintenance of a fan grid.

The accident occurred last Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 while the Serena was sailing off the coast of Argentina. It was first reported by a newspaper in Genoa, Italy, where Costa Cruises is headquartered.

Fauzi’s fellow crewmembers noted he had gone missing and reported his disappearance to cruise ship authorities. The vessel’s chief engineer then initiated a search and located Fauzi’s body in the vertical ventilation shaft. It is unknown exactly how much time had passed between his death and the time in which his body was recovered.

No further details have been given on the matter. However, because cruise ships are responsible for the safety of all crewmembers (and passengers), Fauzi’s family may be able to file a seafarer claim with a maritime attorney in order to fight for their rightful compensation following Fauzi’s death.

Ironically, Serena means serenity or harmony – neither of which characterize Costa Cruises as of late. Had better safety protocols been in place, perhaps Fauzi would not have been killed. It can take months for investigators to uncover the true cause of a crewmember accident, but more often than not, these types of worker accidents are the direct result of the cruise company’s negligence or wrongdoing.

Anyone who has lost someone they love while working on a cruise ship or who themselves have sustained injuries have a right to turn to a seafarer claims lawyer for assistance in filing a lawsuit and protecting their rights. Our attorneys have over 165 years of combined experience in representing injured crewmembers and have been named the top law firm protecting seafarer rights. We work diligently to obtain justice for all our clients and are ready to put our expertise to use for you and your loved ones so you can recover your rightful damages.

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