Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, a double-decker river ferry carrying up to 140 passengers capsized Sunday after being hit by a cargo vessel 25 miles NW of Dhaka, Bangladesh The cargo vessel impacted at the Daulatdia-Paturia crossing on the Padma River. There were 48 immediate casualties reported. Those on the lower deck may have been trapped.
Italian Captain Francesco Schettino was found guilty today for causing the fatal shipwreck of the Costa Concordia and sentenced to 16 years in prison, according to a three-judge panel.
The verdict came after a 19-month-long trial in which Schettino, who had been accused of causing the Jan. 13, 2012 shipwreck near the Italian island of Giglio, was charged with multiple counts of manslaughter and abandoning ship before all 4,200 passengers could be safely evacuated.
GROSSETO, Italy — Whatever verdict is delivered in the trial of the Italian sea captain for the shipwreck of the Costa Concordia cruise liner and for the deaths of 32 people, survivors and victims’ families already are wondering if justice will be done.The trial, expected to bring a verdict this week, has a sole defendant. Francesco Schettino is accused of causing the shipwreck on the night of Jan. 13, 2012, when he steered too close to a tiny Tuscan island, smashing into a granite reef that sliced open the hull, sending seawater rushing in. Schettino is also charged with multiple manslaughter and injury, and of abandoning the luxury liner when many of the 4,200 passengers and crew were still aboard.
February 6, 2015 11:52 AM EST – Defense closing arguments have begun in the trial of the Costa Concordia captain accused of manslaughter and abandoning passengers after his ship crashed in January 2012.
al entered their third and final day on Monday, when prosecutor Stefano Pizza will request sentencing for Francesco Schettino, captain of the vessel that shipwrecked in January 2012, killing 32 people. In his closing arguments on Monday morning, Pizza said legal doctrine defines an “able idiot” as someone who “thinks he’s capable but provokes a dangerous situation and causes damage” and an “incautious optimist” as someone who “optimistically overestimates his abilities” and that Schettino embodies both definitions, and he could be classified as an “incautious idiot”. Pizza recited a laundry list of charges against Schettino, stating that the captain’s actions constituted “monstrously gross negligence”.
The 32 victims of the Costa Concordia shipwreck didn’t die because the luxury cruise liner crashed into a reef, but due to “chaos, delays, errors” under the captain’s watch, a prosecutor contended in final arguments Friday.
Francesco Schettino, who captained the Costa Crociere vessel when it capsized in 2012 near tiny Giglio island off the Tuscan coast, is being tried for manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning the Concordia while many passengers and crew members were still aboard.
Wednesday testimony claims Schettino was “in shock”
Closing arguments for the prosecution are scheduled Thursday and Friday in the trial of Francesco Schettino, captain of the Costa Concordia which shipwrecked off the Tuscan island of Giglio in January 2012, killing 32 people. In Wednesday’s hearings, Captain Leopoldo Manna, director of central operations for Rome’s harbourmaster, testified that based on his telephone conversations with Schettino while the shipwreck was underway, Manna told operations center personnel he felt Schettino wasn’t the “most suitable” person to speak to regarding the situation, and that he “seemed in shock”. A recording was played in court in which Manna uses a vulgar expression to tell another in the operations center that Schettino seemed stupid or “out of it”.
A cargo ship abandoned by its crew with 359 Syrian refugees on board was towed ashore in Italy on Saturday in the second such rescue this week, prompting calls for stronger European Union action in the face of new tactics by human traffickers.
The Ezadeen, a Sierra-Leone-flagged vessel that had set sail from Turkey, docked in the southern Italian port of Corigliano Calabro. The passengers, including 62 minors, were in good condition and were being transferred to immigration centres and foster homes across Italy, coastguard and police officials said.
The decrepit vessel, licensed only to carry livestock, was strewn with steel containers, broken chairs, piles of garbage bags, empty gasoline tanks and scattered clothes and belongings.
On Wednesday, about 800 mostly Syrian migrants were rescued from another ‘ghost ship’, the Moldovan-flagged Blue Sky M. It too was abandoned at sea, highlighting a new ploy by traffickers who make money by promising refugees a transfer to Europe. Read More Italy’s second ‘ghost ship’