The amount of money that Carnival is costing us for these rescues is shocking.
Senator wants answers on Carnival's repeated mishaps
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Millions of U.S. tax dollars have been spent rescuing just two Carnival cruise ships, even as the company claims it's exempt from U.S. federal income taxes.
In a scathing letter sent last week, Senate Commerce Committee chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.V., asked Carnival CEO Micky Arison whether his company will reimburse the Coast Guard and U.S. Navy for the cost of responding to two most recent incidents.
Those mishaps involved the Carnival Splendor and the Carnival Triumph. According to information provided by the Coast Guard and the Navy, the federal agencies spent more than $3.4 million tax dollars responding to the Splendor incident. The Coast Guard spent $779,914.26 responding to the Triumph.
When added to other incidents on record, the cost to U.S. taxpayers grows exponentially. There have been more than 90 U.S. Coast Guard "Casualty Investigations" on Carnival Corporation-owned cruise ships in just the past five years, according to Coast Guard records. That's nearly twice the number of the rest of the industry combined.