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Costa Concordia Disaster: Passengers Plan Class Action Suit

Costa Concordia Cruise Ship Schettino

First Posted: 01/18/2012 7:08 am Updated: 09/11/2012 3:39 pm

As the search of the capsized Costa Concordia is suspended, passengers from across the world are planning a class action lawsuit against the cruise line.

The ship, which was carrying 4,200 passengers, ran aground on Friday off the coast of Italy. So far 11 bodies have been recovered; 29 people are still missing.

Consumer rights organization Codacons told the Herald Sun, "Over 70 passengers who were on board the ship have joined the class action suit initiated by our association. Our objective is to get each passenger at least 10,000 euros compensation for material damage and also for ... the fear suffered, the holidays ruined and the serious risks endured," he said.

Similarly, a French couple named Patrice and Tatiana Vecchi are collecting signatures to join their suit against the tour operator for "failure to help people in danger, putting in danger the lives of others, involuntary homicide and lack of security information," their lawyer, Frederic Casanova, told the GMA Network. Patrice Vecchi told the site, "The emergency procedure was launched too late. It was completely confusing. It is not normal that several among us were unable to find any life jackets while the crew was equipped. And once we were off the ship, Costa completely disappeared. We saved ourselves."

While it may be too early to tell how much the disaster will cost the industry, analysts have estimated that claims could total around $500 million.

Earlier on HuffPost:

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  • In this image taken Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, sunbathers sit in front of the wreck of Costa Concordia outside the port of Isola del Giglio in Tuscany, Italy. (AP Photo, Giacomo Aprili)

  • In this image taken Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, ongoing operations continue to remove the wreck of Costa Concordia from the coast of Giglio Island, outside the port of Isola del Giglio island in Tuscany, Italy. (AP Photo, Giglionews.it, ho)

  • People share a drink at a restaurant with a view of the stranded Costa Concordia cruise ship. (VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Children play in the harbour of Giglio Porto as the sun rises over the stranded Costa Concordia cruise ship. (VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Passengers of the Costa Concordia arrive at Porto Santo Stefano on January 14, 2012, after being evacuated from the cruise ship that ran aground and keeled over off the Isola del Giglio. (FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Passengers of the Costa Concordia arrive at Porto Santo Stefano on January 14, 2012, after being evacuated. (FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • Workers of the U.S. firm Titan Salvage and Italian firm Micoperi work on salvaging the the Costa Concordia, near the harbour of Giglio Porto on June 23, 2012. (VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/GettyImages)

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  • Crowds gather on the island of Giglio, where passengers aboard the cruise ship Costa Concordia have been staying after the vessel ran aground, on January 14, 2012 in Giglio Porto, Italy. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)

  • Relatives hug each other upon the arrival of the 31 passengers who survived the Costa Concordia accident early on January 16, 2012 at the Saint Denis de la Reunion airport, on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion. (RICHARD BOUHET/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A woman is hugged by a relative upon her arrival with 30 other passengers who survived the Costa Concordia accident early on January 16, 2012 at the Saint Denis de la Reunion airport, on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion. (RICHARD BOUHET/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Relatives hug each other upon the arrival of the 31 passengers who survived the Costa Concordia accident early on January 16, 2012 at the Saint Denis de la Reunion airport, on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion. (RICHARD BOUHET/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A poster left by relatives of a boy who is missing on the ship is seen on the streets, on January 17, 2012 in Giglio Porto, Italy. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)

  • (VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)

  • A view taken on January 18, 2012 of the cruise liner Costa Concordia aground in front of the harbor of the Isola del Giglio (Giglio island) after hitting underwater rocks on January 13. (VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

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