Cruise Ship Failure to Rescue Stranded Fishermen?

CNN reports on a cruise ship crew’s failure to aide a disabled fishing vessel adrift in the Pacific for weeks. Two of the three fishermen died days after the cruise ship sailed on. The only survivor is now suing the cruise line for what amounts to failure to rescue. But there is traditionally no duty to rescue in tort law… a principle made famous in the series finale of Seinfeld. Does admiralty law impose a duty to rescue on ships at sea? Will have to check. The cruise company claims the ship did not stop due to an unfortunate miscommunication.

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