Claim: Rich Russians bought lifeboat space on Costa Concordia

And you thought Wall Streeters made conspicuous use of their wealth.

Now there are reports that rich Russian passengers paid cash _ lots of cash _ to obtain space on lifeboats as the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia was sinking.

“Italian officials have reportedly taken evidence from other cruise passengers that the expensively-dressed holidaymakers stuffed wads of cash into the hands of eager crewmen to secure an early seat as the holed ship began to capsize,” according to a dispatch in The Sun.

Women and children first?


Prosecutors are on the probe.

6 comments Add your comment


January 24th, 2012
9:58 am

Like a scene out of the movie 2012.


January 24th, 2012
11:24 am

That’s what the money’s for.


January 24th, 2012
11:55 am

Do svidanya b*tches.

francisco sarrias

January 24th, 2012
1:11 pm

It is interesting how this catastrophe relates to the Titanic and Columbia Shuttle, both of them were also caused by a chain of bad human decisions.

I recommend you this book that explains what happened there and it gives some clues of what could be going on the Costa Concordia:


January 24th, 2012
1:30 pm

Well this should come as no surprise since everything else imaginable went wrong in that clusterf##k. Wouldn’t want to be Carnival’s insurance carrier, the lawsuits are gonna be huge not to mention the submerged ship.

Big John

January 25th, 2012
3:32 pm

The darn ship was only a few hundred yards from shore ! Don’t Russians know how to swim ?