Italy recalls ten years since the Costa Concordia accident


It hit an underwater cliff close to the island of Giglio off the west coast of Italy, overturned on its facet and partially sank. The catastrophe claimed 32 lives.

Italy commemorates Thursday’s anniversary of the catastrophe with all-day commemorative occasions culminating in a candlelight vigil at 9.45 pm – the second the ship hits the cliffs.

According to the AP, the memorial occasions are devoted to the victims of the tragedy, to the survivors of that evening, but in addition to the inhabitants of Giglia, who took passengers and crew members collectively.

“When we islanders bear in mind an occasion, we at all times say whether or not it was earlier than or after Concordia,” mentioned Matteo Coppa, who was 23 at the time of the ship’s sinking and was fishing on the pier at the time.

According to the prosecutor’s workplace, the reason for the chaos that occurred when the passengers tried to get out of the ship was the delayed evacuation order and the conflicting directions of the crew. In 2015, the court docket discovered the captain of the ship Francesco Schettin responsible of manslaughter, accidents and untimely abandonment and sentenced him to 16 years in jail.

The wreck of the Costa Concordia managed to succeed in the floor because of a fancy naval operation that lasted a complete of 30 months.

The International Cruise Ship Operators Association (CLIA) emphasised in a press release to the AP that passenger and crew security is the trade’s prime precedence. The CLIA added that over the final ten years it has labored with the International Maritime Organization to “repeatedly enhance security”.

Authors: TASR, mar

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