Italy remembers Concordia disaster on 10th anniversary

Shipwreck claimed 32 lives

13 January, 10:41

    (ANSA) - ROME, JAN 13 - Italy is remembering the 32 victims of the Costa Concordia disaster on the 10th anniversary on Thursday with a ceremony on Giglio island.

    Former Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino is serving a 16-year sentence for multiple manslaughter in Italy's worst postwar maritime disaster.

    He caused the disaster by sailing the liner too close to the coast of the Tuscan island to "salute" people on land.

    Schettino was also dubbed captain coward in the media for abandoning the ship before all his passengers were evacuated.

    The disaster occurred after the cruise ship carrying 3,216 passengers and 1,013 crew members hit an underwater rock formation off the island's east coast just south of its port at 21:45 on the evening of Friday, January 13, 2012, in a strong impact that opened a hole 70 metres wide on the left side of its hull.

    The ship ran aground north of the island's port at Punta Gabbianara, which saved it from sinking 100 metres to the sea floor.

    Schettino is the only person to have stood trial for the disaster after a number of crew members and company staff reached plea bargains with prosecutors.

    In addition to the 32 people who died in the disaster, a salvage also died while working on the ship in 2014. (ANSA).

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