Amid all the implications and accusations of greed that come with a lawsuit, it’s worth stepping back and realizing that civil and criminal investigations are often the only way that the truth is discovered after things go wrong. Like in this Greek cruise ship disaster:

A year after Cyprus-based Louis Cruise Lines blamed a faulty map for the grounding and subsequent sinking of Sea Diamond off the island of Santorini in April 2007, new evidence has emerged to support the claim.

The back story: In November 2007, Louis blamed "erroneous mapping information" as the cause of the accident after commissioning a hydrographic survey from Greece’s AKTI Engineering. The survey revealed that the reef Sea Diamond hit — causing it take on water and eventually sink — was both further from shore and larger than estimated on an official undersea map from the Hellenic Navy Hydrographic Service.

The Navy initially rejected claims that the map was inaccurate, and it was widely believed that finding the Navy was at fault would prove difficult. However, a new hydrographic survey carried out by the Hydrographic Office of the Hellenic Navy — the official government authority for conducting hydrographic surveys in Greek waters and issuing nautical charts — has now confirmed the findings of AKTI.

According to an official statement from the cruise line, the reef in question is actually located 131 meters from the coastline, instead of only 57 meters as was marked on the official map with which all ships were equipped (Hellenic Hydrographic Service nautical chart no. 423/8). Also, the official map indicated the depth at the point of impact was 18 to 22 meters; surveys have now shown that it is between 3.5 and 5 meters.