Sen. Nelson Calls On Feds To Investigate Cruise Ship Sailing Into Hurricane-Force Storm
By Space Coast Daily // February 9, 2016
'storm is brewing, you don’t go out of port'
ABOVE VIDEO: Nelson questions cruise ship’s decision to sail into hurricane.
Sen. Bill Nelson today called on the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate the circumstances surrounding a Royal Caribbean cruise ship’s decision to sail right into the heart of a hurricane-force storm this weekend.
Nelson, the top Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee which oversees the NTSB, made the call in a speech on the Senate floor this afternoon.
“Why in the world is a ship going anywhere close to where the hurricane could be?” Nelson said.
“I want the National Transportation Safety Board to come up with a quick report.”
Nelson went on to cite the similarities between this latest incident and an incident last year involving the cargo ship El Faro which sank after it sailed into the path of a hurricane while traveling from Jacksonville to Puerto Rico.
Nelson wants the NTSB to investigate this new incident as part of their ongoing investigation into the sinking of the El Faro.
“I want the National [Transportation] Safety Board to come up with answers very quickly and make an admonition to mariners: when the storm is brewing, you don’t go out of port,” Nelson said.
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