Costa Concordia: Pre-trial hearing begins in Italy

BBC News
Key information about the capsizing of the Costa Concordia cruise ship is being handed over to a panel of experts during a pre-trial hearing in Italy. At least 30 people are believed to have died when the ship struck rocks off the Tuscan coast on January 13. Captain Francesco Schettino denies accusations of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship before all those aboard were evacuated.

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Costa Concordia captain ‘not wearing his glasses’ at time of collision

Telegraph.co.uk
The capitain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which hit a rock and capsized in January, was not wearing his glasses when the ship collided, his most senior colleague said. By Nick Squires, Grosseto Passengers, lawyers and investigators gathered in Grosseto on Saturday for the first hearing into the tragedy, held in a 600-seat theatre because the town’s courthouse is too small.

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Costa Concordia’s fateful night

Financial Times
By Guy Dinmore Arrivederci was the name of the vodka-based cocktail of the day on deck three, bingo was running two decks above, while Martin the Magician was getting his show under way in the Athens theatre of the gleaming Costa Concordia.

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Victims’ families want truth at Italy shipwreck hearing

Chicago Tribune
GROSSETO, Italy (Reuters) – Survivors and relatives of victims of the Costa Concordia shipwreck clamoured for truth at a pre-trial hearing in Italy on Saturday, with some still waiting for identification of the remains of their loved ones 1-1/2 monthsafter the disaster. The giant cruise liner capsized off the Tuscan island of Giglio after hitting a rock on January 13, killing at least 25 people. Seven people are still unaccounted for, and eight of the bodies found have yet to be identified.

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Officer says Concordia captain left glasses in his cabin

CTV.ca
The captain of the Costa Concordia, the Italian cruise liner that struck a shoal and capsized off the Tuscan coast in January, left his glasses in his cabin and needed help checking the ship’s radar, a pre-trial hearing was told Saturday. Thirty-two people were killed or are missing and presumed dead since the ship ran aground near the island of Giglio in the Mediterranean with 4,200 passengers and crew aboard on January 13.

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Costa Concordia maritime accident may lead to stricter regulations …

By Newman, Hoffoss, & Devall, LLP
As many Lake Charles residents will recall, the Costa Concordia — a cruise ship owned by a subsidiary of Carnival Corp. — capsized off of the coast of Tuscany in mid-January. The maritime accident resulted in 17 confirmed deaths and an additional 15 people left missing. Purportedly, the ship’s captain ran the vessel ashore near the island of Giglio; the ship was ripped open by rocks, and it eventually capsized.

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Costa Concordia captain had crashed before

By -NO AUTHOR-
(THE LOCAL, GERMANY) — The captain of ill-fated Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia had crashed a luxury liner before while sailing too fast into a German port, according to leaks from an investigation published on Friday. Captain
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