Divers located three more bodies in the COSTA CONCORDIA wreckage last Thursday, bringing the total body count to 28. Four people still remain missing and are presumed dead. Details about the victims’ genders and ages were not immediately released.
According to media reports, the bodies were seen between the hull and the seabed. As of last Thursday, it was unknown when they will be removed. The list of missing and dead includes an elderly couple from the U.S., as well as passengers and crewmembers from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Hungary, Peru and India.
It has now been over two months since tragedy struck the pristine waters off the coast of Tuscany, Italy. On Jan. 13, the COSTA CONCORDIA — carrying around 4,200 passengers and crewmembers — capsized after it struck a reef near the island of Giglio. Since then, reports have swirled about how the captain strayed from his approved course and took the ship too close to shore, about how he abandoned ship before all passengers and crewmembers had evacuated.
Survivors of the COSTA CONCORDIA disaster, as well as those who have lost a loved one in this tragic cruise ship accident, should contact an experienced maritime attorney to learn about their legal rights. In cruise accident cases, the passenger ticket governs when and where a claim can be filed. It is crucial for accident victims to act fast, because they may have only three months to give notice of their intent to file a lawsuit.
Maritime personal injury and wrongful death cases differ from land-based personal injury and wrongful death cases, making it important to work with an attorney who understands the complexities of national and international maritime law.
Were you a passenger on the ill-fated COSTA CONCORDIA? Contact a Boston maritime attorney today.
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