Originally Posted by uncle stinkybob
What does the scenario look like if there is loss of life ? From a legal
Pretty much the same. In the US criminal liability it would be almost impossible to hold the pilot liable. The issue is the vessel is always in command of the captain
, the pilot is only there to provide information.
So in order for the pilot to be liable... It would take a pretty odd fact situation where the simply providing of information could be construed as causing the accident
. So... Maybe if something like the following...
Let's assume that the pilot knows of a rock snag that is unmarked (somehow), and not on the notice to Mariners, and intentionally advises the captain to drive right for it. As a result someone dies... If you could prove that this was the operative facts you could probably hold the pilot legally responsible... But even under these facts the ship owner (and the ship) would also be liable for any damage or accidents.
Think of it like this... The pilot is the functional equivilant of an interior designer
who suggests things, but you make the final decision about what color to paint
the room. Even if it's awful you were last person to ratify the decision. You may never hire the interior designer
again, but you can't really sue them for not liking the finished product.