Statement Of Ronai & Ronai, LLP, Counsel For Victims Of The Costa Concordia
Disaster Regarding The Five Crew Members Convicted Of Manslaughter For The
Death Of 32 People
NEW YORK, July 23, 2013
NEW YORK, July 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --On July 20, 2013, five crew members of
the Costa Concordia cruise ship were convicted of manslaughter for their role
in the shipwreck in January 2012, which resulted in the deaths of 32
people.The captain of the ship, Francesco Schettino, the only remaining
defendant, is being tried separately. The owner of the cruise ship, Costa
Crociere SpA/Carnival Corporation paid a fine of one million euro to avoid any
Ronai & Ronai, LLP, a New York law firm that represents victims, including
Sandor Feher, a musician who lost his life while trying to evacuate
passengers, believes that the criminality of the deaths should also be placed
on Costa Crociere/Carnival Corp., who was able to escape criminal liability
simply because of their ability to pay a monetary fine.
Holly Ostrov Ronai, Esq. stated that "Costa Crociere/Carnival Corp. did not
properly train their employees to safely and effectively evacuate the
passengers on their ship.The evacuation of the entire ship off Giglio Island
clearly should not have taken over six hours to complete.Although the five
employees and Captain Schettino caused the allision itself, Costa
Crociere/Carnival Corp. should be held responsible for the deaths of the 32
people and injuries to others."
"Instead of training their own crew members with proper evacuation procedures,
the cruise line company made employees such as dancers and musicians, who were
merely hired to perform shows on the cruise ships, in charge of certain
evacuation procedures that they were not qualified to handle.Many of these
performers did not even speak English or Italian." she added.
Peter Ronai, Esq. stated that "In the recent Asiana airline tragedy, where
only two lives were lost, the well trained crew members on the airplane were
able to evacuate their passengers within minutes, rather than hours.Here, it
is apparent that Costa Crociere/Carnival Corp. placed profits before safety …
instead of hiring qualified people and properly training them in case of an
emergency, they 'hedged their bets' that they could pay a fine later on in the
case of a tragedy."
"There was clearly no reason for anyone to die off Giglio Island that day. The
true crime occurred long ago when the company decided to put profit before
human lives." Ronai added.
The criminal trial of Captain Schettino is scheduled to resume in September
Peter Ronai (Ronai & Ronai, LLP)
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