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Spirit of Baltimore passengers sue after Coast Guard finds captain dozed before crash

Spirit of Baltimore passengers sue after Coast Guard finds captain dozed before crash

Nearly 30 passengers are suing Spirit Cruises LLC after a company ship crashed into a Fells Point pier last August during a midnight party outing.

Maurice and Tonya Franklin of Baltimore County, who are among those suing, are seeking $1 million.

The force of the Spirit of Baltimore's crash threw Maurice Franklin into a glass wall and rocked his wife from her seat, their attorneys wrote in a federal court lawsuit.

Other passengers contend that they suffered injuries to their necks, backs and knees, according to court records.

Coast Guard investigators said the captain dozed off before the 119-foot vessel veered off course and splintered a floating pier at...

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