HAMILTON, Bermuda, Monday April 23, 2012 – A boating accident which killed two fishermen, one of them a teenager, is now being investigated by authorities.
Reports indicate that the three Panamanian fishermen got into difficulty when the motor on their small boat broke down at sea. They drifted for 16 days before seeing a cruise ship which did not stop.
As a result the boat continued drifting before being found by an Ecuadorian fishing vessel near the Galapagos Islands, by then two of its crew members were dead.
It is being alleged that a Bermuda-registered cruise ship ignored the fishing boat in distress off the coast of Panama last month.
Reports indicate that passengers on the Star Princess Cruise line alerted staff about the fishing vessels, but its crew continued going without offering assistance.
However, it alleged that the liner’s captain said he was unaware of the emergency situation, or of being alerted about the boat in distress.
As a result Deputy Premier and Transport Minister of Bermuda, Derrick Burgess has made it clear that police have launched their own investigations into the incident.
Meanwhile management of Princess has indicated that they too have launched an investigation into claims that they failed to come to the aid of the disabled boat after crew were alerted by passengers.
In a statement issued, Captain Edward Perrin stated that he was devastated at being accused of knowingly turning his back on people in distress. He stated that had he known, he would have responded to the fishermen’s cry for help.