Sounds like they're gonna have to up that amount if they're trying to avoid lawsuits!
To recap - earlier this month, we heard the VERY upsetting news that a cruise ship carrying 4,000+ people ran aground off the coast of Italy.
Then we heard that the ship's captain Francesco Schettino was being held in jail for abandoning ship…and were disgusted to hear that the despicable man was trying to claim that he ACCIDENTALLY abandoned the ship! Boo!
Now, we've learned that Costa Cruises is offering survivors of the cruise ship disaster a lump sum of $14,400 (11,000 euros) each in compensation, which is meant to cover the following:
-Damage to and loss of property
-Psychological distress suffered
-Cruise cost + additional travel expenses
Injured passengers and the families of deceased passengers will receive separate agreements from the cruise line.
While this may sound like a reasonable number for SOME passengers, there are many who aren't satisfied.
Here's what passenger Jesus Garcia Heredia had to say about it:
"If we can reach an agreement, I am willing to agree not to sue, no problem, but not for 11,000 euros. I don't accept this. There was a lot of loss that day. We had it really bad there."
And here's more from passenger Mark Plath:
"Also, I helped people quite a bit, to calm down on the boat, as well as leading them to shore and to cars awaiting above, quite a while later. My wife assisted a lady with blood all over her face (my wife is a nurse)."
"I am not a fan of class-action lawsuits, but I think that Costa needs to take individual experiences and actions into account."
What do U think? Should the passengers each receive a more significant amount of compensation from the cruise line?
[Image via Guardia Costiera.]
Tags: compensation, costa concordia, cruise, francesco schettino, jesus garcia heredia, mark plath, passengers, ship