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US Coast Guard Never Received The Message About Stranded Panamanian Fishermen Spotted By Star Princess Birdwatchers
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, April 23 2012 @ 03:30 AM EDT

First, I'd like to acknowledge the excellent reportage of this tragic news story by Mr. Winner and send thanks to him and Panama-Guide for sticking with-it. Only if enough people, world-wide, get on-board with the obvious, that there is something terribly wrong with the operational policies of the cruise providers in this case, will such events not repeat themselves.
Mr. Winner has taken the point of several issues in asking for specific details from the owners of Star Princess, who are extremely warry in responding to media query, after the Costa Concordia incident in January.
In following the Concordia story, it appears there are separate organizations involved: The Star Princess owner in Italy, registers the ship in the Bahamas, leases the ship to Princess, dba Carnival (or is it the other way around). Carnival has company policies preventing direct communication between the passengers and operational crew (Captain and Watch Officers), which may likely be contracted-out, by Carnival, to yet another company that actually operate the vessel. So far, no one has come forward with first-hand knowledge as to the operational policies of Carnival and/or the "operational division" line of responsiblity and actual onboard policies of leased vessels, if this is the case. No one has come forward as yet to challenge the ship's owner or Carnival regarding these questions and likely the term "internal investigation" will suffice until a suit is filed against Costa Crociere SpA by families of the two deceased fishermen.
Recent web research regarding the career of Capt. Perrin leaves little doubt that had he been informed of the even the slightest possibility of a vessel in distress, immediate action would have taken place. Capt. Perrin's professional expertise and resolve was put to the test when two (likely inebriated) passengers fell overboard from his ship, the Grand Princess, in the middle of the night on March 25, 2007. Not only did Capt. Perrin take immediate action once notified, he took the correct action, resulting in the rescue of the two individuals by the ship's operational crew under his direct command. From my own experience as a former member of the US Coast Guard, and having some hands-on experience with SAR, where people have been lost overboard at sea, I can assert the extreme difficulty in locating someone in the ocean and retrieving them, while still alive. Capt. Perrin received international acclaim for his actions aboard Grand Princess and from this record, any person or news organization perpetuating the idea of negligence on his part are totally unqualified to speak about the situation on Star Princess. The problem lies with the operational policies of Carnival, the cruise operator, not with professional mariners hired to man leased vessels and this is where the witch-hunt should take place.