Costa Concordia survivors seek compensation, justice

Detroit Free Press
By Luca Bruno, AP GROSSETO, Italy (AP) — The first hearing of the criminal investigation into the Costa Concordia’s shipwreck was held in a theater Saturday instead of a courthouse because of high demand, with angry survivors seeking compensation, justice and the truth.The judge at the hearing assigned four experts to analyze the cruise ship’s data recorder and ordered them to report their findings in July, confirming predictions by Prosecutor Francesco Verusio that examination of the data, as well as of conversations involving officers on the ship’s bridge, could take months.

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Costa Concordia captain ‘ordered crew to lie to coastguards’

The Guardian
Passengers from the Costa Concordia shared tales of their trauma at a preliminary hearinginto the causes of the cruise ship disaster as damning new details about its captain emerged. Francesco Schettino, who is under house arrest after steering the ship on to rocks on the island of Giglio on 13 January, was not wearing his glasses that night, the ship’s first officer has told investigators. “He had forgotten them,” said Ciro Ambrosio. “He asked me a number of times to adjust the scale of the radar because he couldn’t see it well.”

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Survivors voice anger at Costa Concordia shipwreck hearing

Herald Sun
Video Image Costa disaster hearing begins without captain Hundreds gather in Italy as a pre-trial hearing into the deadly capsizing of the Costa Concordia cruise ship gets underway – with one notable absence. Andrew Raven reports Captain Francesco Schettino and eight others, including three executives from ship owner Costa Crociere, are under investigation for the January 13 disaster which claimed 32 lives although no-one has yet been formally charged.

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Costa Concordia Inquiry Begins: Transcripts and Reports from the Scene

Daily Beast
Francesco Schettino was not wearing his eyeglasses when he set the parameters on the maritime radar system that should have prevented the Costa Concordia from crashing into the rocks and capsizing off Giglio, Italy, on the Friday the 13th of January. “He asked me over and over to help him with the ship’s instruments because he couldn’t see,” Ciro Ambrosio, the ship’s first mate, told investigators according the transcript of Ambrosio’s interrogation obtained by The Daily Beast.

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Overhead Bin – Lawyer: Costa Concordia captain wasn’t wearing his glasses on night of accident

By NBC News, msnbc.com staff and news services
GROSSETO, Italy –The captain of the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner was not wearing his glasses on the evening of the accident and asked his first officer to check the radar for him, the officer’s lawyer said on Saturday. The giant cruise liner capsized off the Tuscan island of Giglio after hitting a rock on Jan. 13, killing at least 25 people.

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Costa Concordia Was SECOND Cruise Ship Crashed By Captain …

By Radar Staff The Costa Concordia was the second cruise ship crashed with Captain Francesco Schettino at the helm, according to internal company documents leaked on Thursday and published in several Italian newspapers. The captain, who has denied any wrongdoing in the wreck of the Costa Concordia, also damaged the Aida Blu cruise ship in June 2010 after sailing too quickly into a German harbor where he “maneuvered at a speed of 7.7 to 7.9 knots during entry into the port of Warnemunde.”
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Costa Concordia Case: First Evidence Hearing Begins

By The Huffington Post News Editors
GROSSETO, Italy — The first hearing of the criminal investigation into the Costa Concordia’s shipwreck was held in a theater Saturday instead of a courthouse because of high demand, with angry survivors seeking compensation, justice and the truth. The judge at the hearing assigned four experts to analyze the cruise ship’s data recorder and ordered them to report their findings in July
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