Louis Says Human Error Sank Sea Diamond

April 11, 2007
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Louis Cruise Lines' has said today that "human error" is to blame for last week's grounding and sinking of Sea Diamond, according to the Associated Press.

"The incident was a result of human error -- but so are 75 percent of all accidents at sea," said Giorgos Koubenis, a representative of Cypriot-based Louis Cruise Lines, according to the AP. Greek Merchant Marine Minister Michalis Kefaloyiannis indicated that human error was involved yesterday, according to media reports, but this is the cruise line's first comment on the probable cause.

The captain told investigators that sea currents caused the ship to slip onto the volcanic rocks; he and five officers of have been charged with causing a shipwreck through negligence, breaching international shipping safety regulations and polluting the environment." If convicted, the officers face a maximum sentence of five years.

--by Melissa Baldwin, Senior Editor

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