Cruise ship survivors offered $14,454 compensation

CBC News

Costa Crociere SpA is offering uninjured passengers €11,000 ($14,454 Cdn) each to compensate them for lost baggage and psychological trauma after its cruise ship ran aground and capsized off Tuscany when the captain deviated from his route.

Costa, a unit of the world’s biggest cruise operator, the Miami-based Carnival Corp., also said it would reimburse passengers the full costs of their cruise, their travel expenses and any medical expenses sustained after the grounding.

Sixteen bodies have been recovered since the Costa Concordia hit a reef on Jan. 13. Another 16 remain unaccounted for and are presumed dead. Search efforts for them resumed Friday as salvage crews prepared to begin extracting some 2,380 tonnes of heavy fuel oil before it leaks.

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