Princess Cruises on Wednesday announced that is has launched an investigation into reports that the captain of the passenger ship Star Princess ignored distress signals from a stranded Panamanian fishing boat on March 10. Bird watchers on the Star Princess spotted a man on a small fishing boat frantically waving a red T-shirt. They relayed the sighting to the Star Princess's captain, who believed it was a "thank you" for avoiding their nets. Two of the three teenagers manning the small vessel, which had been adrift for two weeks before the encounter, later died of dehydration. Sole survivor Adrian Vasquez was rescued two weeks later. Marine regulations require an able captain to assist distressed persons at sea.
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