NEW YORK – There is now conclusive independent video evidence that Sandor Feher, the Hungarian bandleader on the ill-fated Costa Concordia, gave his own life trying to save fellow passengers, according to the attorneys representing Mr. Feher’s estate in its Federal wrongful death and negligence Complaint against the ship’s owner-operator.
Mr. Feher (circled, background, in the below frame from the the video)was issued a first responder’s yellow jacket and assigned by ship personnel to help coordinate the chaotic evacuation of thousands, explained Peter Ronai, whose firm represents the estate of Mr. Feher as well as others from accident.
“We now know conclusively that those in charge directed Mr. Feher, despite his complete lack of trainingto perform the key role of first responder,” said Ronai. “Eyewitness accounts, supported by thepassenger-phone video, reveal that he acted with valor on instinct alone and helped othersuntil his last dying breath.”
“Mr. Feher’s only pre-cruise training was as a violinist. He and others pressed into service were not properly prepared to help manage a disaster, though they acted bravely,” said Holly Ostrov Ronai, co-counsel in the litigation. She said cruise line officials violated maritime policies by giving Mr. Feher and other personnel the answers to required safety-test questions before it was administered. The Budapest-based performer, whose only source of income was as a cruise-ship entertainer, was last seen helping children don life jackets before he drowned.
The civil actions brought on behalf of Mr. Feher and the other members of his performing company assert gross negligence on the part of Carnival Cruise Lines, the owner-operator of the vessel, along with Carnival Corp., its parent company in connection with the January 13, 2012 disaster. A demand for punitive damages is also included in the complaint.
Holly Ostrov Ronai, Peter Ronai
Ronai & Ronai, LLC