- Wrecked Cruise Ship Captain Files Suit for Wrongful Dismissal
- Fishing With Bombs Claimed to Be Rampant Near Sipadan
- Former Cetacean Trainers Speak Out Against Sea World
In a move that is already surrounded by controversy, the captain of the Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, has filed a lawsuit against his former employers for wrongful dismissal. Schettino rocketed to fame (albeit not the kind most people dream of) after the giant cruiseliner hit a reef and ran aground at Isola del Giglio, Tuscany, on January 13, 2012, resulting in the deaths of 30 passengers, 64 injured persons, and two who are missing and presumed dead. A key factor in the backlash of his decision to file for wrongful termination is the fact that Schettino abandoned the ship whilst passengers remained on board, despite repeated commands from the captain of the Italian Coast Guard to turn his lifeboat around and help with the evacuation. The evacuation process was declared “complete” roughly 7 hours after the initial crash, with Schettino having abandoned ship only 2 hours after the crash occurred. Although the disgraced captain does not deny his role in mistakes that caused the tragedy, he believes he is not the only one responsible. Schettino’s attorney noted that all Italian workers have the right to appeal their termination with any company.
An anonymous tip from a freelance boat operator and former civil servant claims that unscrupulous fishermen have been using bombs on reefs near Sipadan, a world-renown SCUBA dive destination, labeling the level of the activity as “rampant.” Though these claims are refuted by Randy Davies, founder of Borneo Divers, who notes that the underwater topography of the area would not yield much fish due to drop-offs of thousands of feet, a diver recently reported hundreds of dead triggerfish, surgeonfish, and a hawksbill sea turtle at a popular dive site called Eel Garden in Stingray City. The president of the Sabah Environment Protection Association is sending out undercover detectives to discover the location where the bombs are being made, with the intention of stopping the problem at its source.
In light of recent controversy involving orcas, or killer whales, at Sea World, the Humane Society of the United States has produced a video that features 3 former Sea World trainers speaking out against keeping whales in captivity. Take a look: