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A second lawsuit, filed on behalf of passenger Cassie Terry of Texas also charges that Carnival endangered passengers by failing to tow the ship to the nearest port after the fire.
“The decision was taken not out of safety, but deliberately to save the cost of a claim for salvage, which may have, (given the factors in maritime law) amounted to $50 million to $100 million,” the suit says.
“Instead, Defendant Carnival Corporation chose to put the Plaintiff and other passengers on the ‘voyage of the damned’ for days without proper food or sanitation, all for the sake not of human life and well being, but corporate profit,” wrote Pearland, Texas, lawyer Marcus Spagnoletti, in his complaint.
The complaint says that Ms. Terry “feared for her life and safety, under constant threat of contracting serious illness by the raw sewage filling the vessel.”
The suit says that during the tow to Alabama the ship listed sharply several times “causing human waste to spill out of non-functioning toilets, flood across the vessel’s floors and halls, and drip down the vessel’s walls.”
Mr. Spagnoletti’s complaint says that his client “was forced to subsist for days in a floating toilet, a floating Petri dish, a floating hell.”
An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway. Because the Triumph is registered in the Bahamas, the lead agency in the probe is the Bahamas Maritime Authority. The US National Transportation Safety Board and the Coast Guard are also investigating.