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Royal Caribbean Settlement, over 1 Million to Estate of George Smith

Last June everyone wondered why Jennifer Hagel Smith settled with Royal Caribbean. I George smith RCguess there were over 1 million reasons why Jennifer Hagel Smith settled the law suit with Royal Caribbean following the disappearance of her fiancee, George Allen Smith IV.

Royal Caribbean Cruises has agreed to pay more than $1 million to the estate of a Connecticut man who vanished from his honeymoon cruise of the Mediterranean in 2005.

The Florida-based company will pay $950,000 to the estate of George Allen Smith IV and reimburse his widow, Jennifer Hagel Smith, for legal costs up to $110,000. Hagel Smith will start a fund in memory of her husband with an initial donation of $25,000 that the cruise line will match, according to a copy of the settlement obtained by The Associated Press. (Fox News)

Dana Pretzer interview with Bree Smith on Scared Monkeys radio (Dec. 7, 2006), sister of missing George Smith. (Play podcast, go to time stamp: 66:30)

It is hard to believe that is what one’s life is worth. The rush to a settlement had raised the George_Smith5eyebrows of many who followed the case. What is most puzzling is the continued admissions that some how Jennifer Hagel Smith will be able to use any records that she gains from Royal Caribbean against them in the future. I am sure their is very fine and legal print that Royal Caribbean attorneys put in this settlement that states otherwise.

Hagel Smith noted that the settlement also gives her access for the first time to records kept by the cruise line, including vessel logs, security reports, door activity records, photographs, witness statements and correspondence with the FBI.

“My single goal continues to be to find answers regarding how George died,” Hagel Smith said in a statement. “Reaching a settlement in this case in no way shuts down the investigation.”

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January 4th, 2007 at 02:24pm Posted by | Cruise ship, George Allen Smith IV, Jennifer Hagel Smith, Missing, Missing Adult | 4 comments

62 Year Old Woman Vanishes Aboard the QE2 … Overboard?

Its happened again, this time aboard Cunnard’s QU2. A 62 year old woman has been reported missing and presumed to have gone overboard.

It was believed the 62-year-old went overboard on Hogmanay during the 2000-a-head cruise.

Officers boarded the luxury liner, which carries 1900 passengers and more than 1000 crew, when it returned to its home port of Southampton yesterday.

The alarm had been raised on Sunday when the woman was reported missing by her husband as the ship returned from the island of Madeira in the Atlantic. The captain of the QE2 did turn the ship around to retrace the route as well as a sea & air rescue was conducted. All to no avail.

A search was immediately launched by the crew, but no sign of the woman was found. (The Daily Record)

Mystery surrounds QE2′s missing woman

The woman, a German national, was reported missing from the 67,000-tonne Cunard liner by her husband on Sunday.

The ship was in Portuguese waters between Madeira and its home port of Southampton at the time.

New Year mystery aboard the QE2

Hampshire Police spokeswoman Lucy Dibdin said: “Our officers are working closely with staff to ascertain what has happened, and are speaking to ship’s crew, passengers and the missing woman’s husband.”

Detective Inspector Dean Gower said: “It is too early at this stage to speculate as to exactly what has happened but we do not believe there are suspicious circumstances at this time.”

January 4th, 2007 at 12:42pm Posted by | Cruise ship, Missing, Missing Adult, Search and Rescue | one comment