Costa Concordia trial hears details of victims’ deaths

The Italian court trying the captain of the Costa Concordia has heard grim details about how the 32 victims of the shipwreck drowned, some after diving or falling into the sea from the capsized cruise liner when lifeboats were no longer accessible. A court official read out the names of the deceased passengers and crew members and described how each one died, quoting verbatim from the indictment of the Concordia’s captain, Francesco Schettino.

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Salvage crews rush for just one chance to move Concordia

Salvage crews are working against time to right and remove the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship, which is steadily being crushed under its own weight on its granite seabed off the Tuscan island of Giglio.Salvage master Nick Sloane said Monday that the Concordia has compressed some 10 feet since it came to rest on the rocks Jan. 13, 2012, after ramming a jagged reef during a stunt ordered by the captain that cost the lives of 32 people.

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Removal of Costa Concordia may be postponed until 2014

The removal of the half-sunk Costa Concordia cruise ship off the coast of Italy may be delayed until next year, officials said.The ship has been in its current location off the coast of Tuscany since it hit a rock formation in January 2012, killing 32 people.Franco Gabrielli, commissioner for the Costa Concordia emergency, said Friday the group needs more information from Titan Micoperi Consortium, the company responsible for the cleanup effort, Italy’s ANSA news agency reported.”If they do not provide us with a whole range of assurances, the ship will remain in its current condition until next year when the weather conditions will permit rotating it back on its axis in absolute safety,”

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Costa captain was ‘lightly thrown off’ stricken ship by accident

Captain Francesco Schettino appeared in court in Grosseto, in Tuscany, the nearest city to the island of Giglio, where the ship capsized on the night of January 13, 2012, with the loss of 32 lives.The captain of the Costa Concordia did not abandon his ship but was inadvertently “thrown” off the cruise liner during a chaotic evacuation, his lawyer said on Tuesday at the start of a long-anticipated trial. Captain Francesco Schettino appeared in court in Grosseto, in Tuscany, the nearest city to the island of Giglio, where the ship capsized on the night of January 13, 2012, with the loss of 32 lives.

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Costa Concordia captain’s trial delayed due to lawyers’ strike

A trial for the former captain who allegedly abandoned the Costa Concordia cruise ship after it hit a rock was delayed due to a lawyers’ strike in Italy.Francesco Schettino’s trial was set to begin Tuesday but has been adjourned until next week, the Italian news agency ANSA reported. Schettino is charged with dereliction of duty and multiple manslaughter. The ex-captain was in command of the Costa Concordia when the cruise ship hit a rock on Jan. 13, 2012, near the island of Giglio. He allegedly abandoned ship without overseeing the evacuation, and the disaster cost 32 people their lives.

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Costa Concordia’s Francesco Schettino ‘thrown off cruise liner’

The captain of the Costa Concordia did not abandon his ship but was inadvertently “thrown” off the cruise liner during a chaotic evacuation, his lawyer has said at the start of a long-anticipated trial. The trial of Capt Francesco Schettino opened in Grosseto, in Tuscany, the nearest city to the island of Giglio, where the giant ship capsized on the night of January 13, 2012, with the loss of 32 lives.
The 52-year-old captain had not deliberately left hundreds of terrified passengers and crew members to their fate but had been “lightly thrown off” the ship by accident, said Domenico Pepe, his lawyer.

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Coward or scapegoat?

With his slick hair and macho man image, the captain of the Costa Concordia has been portrayed as a villain who crashed and then abandoned his cruise ship in a tragedy that claimed 32 lives.

But as Francesco Schettino’s trial opens in Italy on Tuesday, some lawyers are saying he should not be the sole defendant and Costa Crociere, Europe’s biggest cruise operator, should share the blame.

The 52-year-old Schettino is accused of crashing the giant liner on the night of January 13 last year, as he was trying to perform a risky “salute” manoeuvre just off the Tuscan island of Giglio.

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Italian lawyer strike may delay trial of Costa Concordia captain

It has been a year-and-a-half since the Italian cruise ship, The Costa Concordia, hit a reef and keeled over. Still, her captain, Francesco Schettino, has not had his day in court. It may be delayed yet again.
A lawyer’s strike in Italy, at the heart of the dispute is the lawyer’s anger at the government’s attempts to accelerate civil trials, is expected to be called this week, and while it may only last a week as a show of force, it could delay the beginning of Schettino’s trial.

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Cómo retirar los restos del Costa Concordia

El juicio contra el comandante del crucero “Costa Concordia”, Francesco Schettino, comenzará el 9 de julio. El excomandante está acusado de homicidio múltiple por imprudencia, abandono del barco y daños al medio ambiente tras el naufragio de este crucero que causó 32 muertos en enero de 2012.