Costa Concordia’s Captain’s Culpability in Crash and Deaths Weighed by Judge

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Francesco Schettino, the erstwhile captain of the Costa Concordia—the ill-fated cruise ship that still lies in a heap off the Tuscan island of Giglio—faced his accusers and a handful of passengers in a closed-door preliminary hearing in Grosseto. Schettino was the captain of the Costa Concordia when it crashed into an outcropping off Giglio last Jan. 13. Thirty-two people died. Few dispute that Francesco Schettino was responsible for wrecking the Costa Concordia. The tougher question for a judge bringing charges is who is most responsible for the botched evacuation and 32 deaths, Barbie Latza Nadeau reports.
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Costa Concordia black box contents to be revealed in hearing

CBS News
(CBS News) A preliminary hearing began Monday in the case of the Costa Concordia, the cruise ship that capsized off the Italian coast last January, killing 32 people. The proceedings are based on evidence from the ship’s black box recordings. Documents before the court run to 270 pages, including navigational details and conversations on the bridge of the Costa Concordia.

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The Costa Concordia Comes to Court

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The massive carcass of the Costa Concordia cruise ship is still rusting and rotting off the Tuscan island of Giglio nine months after it struck an outcropping and ran aground in what is one of the largest passenger shipwrecks of all time. As crews struggle with the ship’s remains and seek two still-missing passengers, the Italian cruise liner’s feckless captain and his officers are facing the legal consequences. Thirty-two of the 4,200 people onboard were killed in the disaster, including two Americans from Minnesota. Two bodies—those of an Indian waiter and a Sicilian woman—have yet to be recovered, still reportedly pinned between the ship and the rocks it rests on.

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Costa Concordia cruise ship captain says sacking unfair

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Costa Concordia cruise ship captain says sacking unfair. The captain of the Costa Concordia which ran into a rock and capsized off the Italian coast in January, killing up to 32 people, has sued for wrongful dismissal, his lawyer said on Wednesday. Italian Francesco Schettino was not only fired by Costa Cruises but is accused by prosecutors of causing the accident by sailing the luxury cruise liner too close to shore.He faces charges of multiple manslaughter and abandoning ship and preliminary hearings will begin on Oct. 15.

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Rena removal cost similar to Concordia

Sky News Australia
The cost to remove the wreck of the Rena is second only to the cruise ship Costa Concordiain the Mediterranean, which is the most expensive in the world, says salvor Francis Leckey. It could be at least another 12 to 18 months before salvage operations are completed and the wreck of the Rena is removed. The Rena, a Liberian-flagged, Greece-owned container ship ran aground on the Astrolabe Reef off New Zealand’s Tauranga coast on October 5 last year.

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Boat with 40 aboard led to NC coast after fire

Sacramento Bee
LITTLE RIVER, S.C. — Authorities are investigating a fire that broke out on a charter boat with 40 people aboard off the Carolina coast. The fire was reported in the engine of the 75-foot West Wind late Wednesday when the vessel was about 11 miles off Little River. There were no injuries reported.

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EP Awards Bulgarian Costa Concordia Hero

Novinite.com
Bulgarian cruise ship technician Petar Petrov, who saved hundreds of people aboard Costa Concordia cruise liner, will be awarded Monday the European Citizen of the European Parliament Prize. Petrov will receive the award by Bulgaria’s EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, who will be the official guest of the event, held in the building of the Parliament in downtown Sofia.

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