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Cruise Line Makes Offer To Costa Concordia Survivors

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The cruise line behind this month’s historic crash has made financial offers to Costa Concordia cruise ship survivors to compensate for lost luggage and psychological trauma.

Friday, January 13, the Costa Concordia luxury liner struck the rocks off the Italian island of Giglio, tearing a 160-foot gash in its hull and causing the vessel to capsize. The Costa Concordia, owned by the Italian company Costa Crociere SpA, a subsidiary of Miami-based Carnival Corporation, was carrying 4,200 passengers and crew at the time of the crash that left 16 dead and at least 22 passengers and crew missing, including an American couple.

The ship’s captain, Francesco Schettino, remains under house arrest and has been accused of causing the wreck, manslaughter, and abandoning ship. Schettino allegedly detoured from the planned route to navigate closer to the island.

Now, unharmed passengers are being offered $14,460 apiece as compensation, said MSNBC. Compensation will also include the full cost of the cruise, travel expenses, and medical expenses incurred after the ship ran aground. The announcement followed negotiations between representatives from Costa Concordia and Italian consumer groups representing 3,206 people from 61 countries who suffered no physical harm in the crash, noted MSNBC.

The offer also followed announcement of the first of what is expected to be many United States lawsuit filings that seek class action status in the matter, said MSNBC, which noted that passengers and crew are free to pursue legal action if they are unsatisfied with the liner’s announced deal. In addition to seeking class action status, the lawsuit seeks to determine if the liner’s owner, Carnival, departed from established international safety standards for operating a cruise ship, said MSNBC.

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