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Second Lawsuit Filed Against Princess Cruises For Not Aiding Disabled Fishing Vessel

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After a Princess Cruise ship failed to aid a distressed fishing vessel in April, the boat's sole survivor sued the cruise line, alleging negligence.

The suit was filed on behalf of 18-year-old Adrian Vazquez, of Peru, who was adrift aboard the broken down craft with Fernando Osorio, 16, and Oropeces Betancourt, 24. (The AP identifies the third man as Elvis Oropeza, 31.) Now, a second suit is being filed on behalf of the family of Fernando Osario, reports MSNBC, which identifies the teen as Fernando Osorio Rodriguez.

According to a press release from Leesfield & Partners, which represents the family, the suit charges that the Star Princess ship "breach[ed] its duty under international maritime laws by ignoring calls for rescue."

After 15 days at sea, the men spotted the Star Princess and attempted to signal for help. They were spotted by passengers watching for birds, who, by earlier accounts, and according to the lawsuit, phoned up to the ship's bridge to alert the crew.

MSNBC reports that, according to the cruise line, passengers never alerted the ship's captain.

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