Why is the FBI NOT Investigating the Case of the 63 Year Old Carnival Cruise Line Passenger Who fell Overboard
March 7, 2009
The 63-year-old Carnival cruise passenger who disappeared off Chile's coast this week is from California, the FBI said Friday. Chilean authorities are investigating the case, not the FBI, because he disappeared abroad, FBI spokeswoman Judy Orihuela said.The man, whose name and residence were not released, was a passenger aboard the Carnival Splendor, the Carnival Cruise Lines flagship that left Port Everglades on Jan. 31. The ship docked at Valparaiso, Chile, and then left on Tuesday on the last segment of a three-leg trip expected to end in San Francisco.
The man's wife reported him missing at about 9:30 a.m. after she found what appeared to be a suicide note, Carnival officials said. The man was last seen at about 4:30 a.m.
Since the year 2000, 109 cruise ship passengers have gone overboard; 56 on ships owned by the Carnival Corp.
Investigations by the Coast Guard and FBI of many of these incidents have been haphazard, disorganized, and ineffective. Would this have anything to do with the obscene amount of money spent by the cruise lines on lobbying and campaign donations or the fact that many employees of the FBI and Coast Guard may want to get a job with the cruise lines once they retire from the government? Many disapearances and other cruise ship crimes and accidents remain unsolved. Instead of one treained unit handling the inquiries, each disappearance seems to handed out to different regional FBI offices. American cruise passengers should demand that independent law enforcement and safety personnel be aboard every cruise ship at sea.