In a statement made today in Crotone, Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi assured that the State will do everything in its power to compensate the victims of the shipwreck that occurred off Steccato di Cutro on February 26th, resulting in 94 fatalities. The Minister emphasized that this is a formal exception, but the State will not turn a blind eye to the situation and will do its part to help the victims.
In contrast to what was revealed in the trial against three smugglers of the shipwrecked gulet, it was brought to light that the Guarantee Fund for road victims, which also compensates victims of nautical accidents, opposed being sued as civilly liable. The Fund’s request for exclusion from the trial was based on the argument that the wrecked vessel had not been used for pleasure or public transport and should therefore not be subject to insurance code regulations. However, at this time, the court has reserved its decision on this request for exclusion. The Fund is represented by senator Giulia Bongiorno of Lega.
The Minister’s statement serves as a commitment from the State to provide support and compensation to those affected by this tragic disaster.