Castaway Sues U.S. Cruise Line

    Adrian Vasquez pauses during an interview with the Associated Press outside his home in the town of Rio Hato, Panama, Thursday, April 19, 2012. Vasquez, an 18-year-old Panamanian, went on a fishing trip with two friends last Feb. 24 but while returning home, their motor died. They had been drifting for16 days when birdwatchers with powerful spotting scopes on the deck of the luxury cruise ship Star Princess saw their boat adrift miles away and told ship staff about a man desperately waving a red cloth. The cruise ship didn't stop, and the fishing boat drifted another two weeks before it was found. By then, Vasquez's two friends had died.  (AP Photo/Tito Herrera)

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    One U.S. cruise line has a litigious Robinson Crusoe on its hands. Eighteen-year-old Panamanian fisherman Adrian Vazquez says he and two others were stranded for 16 days after the motor on their fishing boat broke. Then, on March 10, they saw a cruise liner approach and called for help, but the ship, owned by Princess Cruises, allegedly passed them by. Vazquez’s two companions died in the nearly two weeks that followed before Vazquez was finally picked up near the Galápagos Islands. According to Princess, passengers aboard the cruise liner never told the captain they had seen a stranded boat.

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