On 13 January 2012 at about 9:45 pm, in calm seas and overcast weather, under command of Captain Francesco Schettino, Costa Concordia struck a rock in the Tyrrhenian Sea just off the eastern shore of Isola del Giglio, off the western coast of Italy about 100 km (62 mi) northwest of Rome. Of the 3,229 passengers and 1,023 crew known to have been aboard, 30 bodies have been located, and two more passengers are missing and presumed dead.
The captain of the ship, Francesco Schettino, has been under close scrutiny and accused of abandoning his ship in addition to causing the wreck by reckless seamanship. The Costa Concordia’s captain has expressed his condolences but blamed his crew for the cruise ship crash in an interview given today, on the one-year anniversary.
“If we had not turned, we would not have hit anything,” Schettino said, repeating a previous accusation made against the ship’s Indonesian helmsman Jacob Rusli Bin, who he said had misunderstood his steering orders given in English.
The ship is still in the same location. I’m sure it has, and still does, bring in a lot of tourists. But I doubt the locals are very happy having this view every single day.
FYI: Make sure to click on the image for full size. Much much better.
- Costa Concordia (Wikipedia)
- Survivors, relatives mark anniversary of Costa Concordia shipwreck (Couriermail.com.au)
- West Midlands News: Costa Concordia survivor: I still have panic attacks (birminghampost.net)
- Costa Concordia Disaster: Anniversary Marked By Victims Of Shipwreck (huffingtonpost.com)
- Victims of Costa shipwreck mark anniversary (miamiherald.com)