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Thursday, July 06, 2006

Why Cruise Line Self-Policing and Voluntary Reporting Won't Work

Cruise guards 'ignore drugs'
Luke McIlveen The Courier Mail July 04, 2006
SECURITY officers aboard the Pacific Sky cruise ship were ordered to turn a blind eye to drug use because passengers were "on holiday" and their privacy came first.
dailytelegraph.news.com.au Cruise chief breaks silence, July 04, 2006
And the ship's binge-drinking culture was encouraged by bar staff, who were paid commissions on the amount of alcohol they sold per night...Mr Dobjeckie spoke to The Daily Telegraph after Deputy State Coroner Jacqueline Milledge issued a plea for him to come forward.
"We knew of people giving ecstasy to people, that sort of thing," he said.
"There was marijuana smoke coming out of the cabins but we just had to walk on past.
"The staff captain told me more than once: 'You are security, not policemen, you're not paid to think'."
Dianne Brimble, 42, died aboard the Pacific Sky in September 2002 after a massive overdose of the date-rape drug fantasy, or liquid ecstasy.
Mr Dobjeckie said in his 10 years on cruise ships, he had seen "plenty" of sexual assaults.
"There were always women filing complaints about sexual harassment," he said.
"A report would be done up but nothing would be done."
He said he was outraged by evidence from P&O staff who claimed they could not remember the persons of interest being allowed back into the cabin where Mrs Brimble died.
"I'm sorry, you don't forget somebody dying in those circumstances on board. And you don't let suspects just walk into the crime scene to clear up the evidence," he said.
"What really gets me is that these guys were allowed to remove evidence while the poor Brimble family weren't even allowed back to their cabin to get a change of clothes."
The Gold Coast security worker said he expected that P&O would now try to smear his name.

Note: Evidently passenger privacy was more important to the cruise line that passenger safety. First, privacy does no one any good if they are dead or missing. Second, perhaps the tag line should read: " because passengers were "on holiday" and their [meaning the cruise line's] privacy [or lack of bad publicity] came first.' This underscores the need to have independent law enforcement staff on each cruise ship, see www.projectsafecruise.blogspot.com.


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