Ferry rescues Couple in Big Foot Slough


John and Renee Hoffman of Black Mountain were sailing in Big Foot Slough on September 26 2013 when their boat capsized. Luckily, they were wearing their floatation devices.

After forty-five minutes in the water, they were rescued by a ferry run by Capt. Steven Goodwin, whose crew launched a sixteen foot rescue boat.

Glenn Salter and Daniel Smith pulled the Hoffmans from Pamlico Sound.

Costa Concordia Human Remains Found

Two missing bodies from the Costa Concordia wreck site have been found after divers searched the area after the cruise ship was raised. The unidentified human remains may be those of Italian cruise passenger Maria Grazia Tricarichi and Indian crew member Russel Rebello.

“During a search in the water near the central part of the ship, coast guard and police divers found remains, which still have to be identified with DNA,” Italy’s civil protection Commissioner Franco Gabrielli said in a statement. Gabrielli said the remains discovered on Thursday were “absolutely consistent” with the two missing passengers.

Thirty other passengers were killed in the disaster when the Costa Concordia ran aground on January 13, 2012.

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Costa Concordia Disaster: How Italy Returned to an Even Keel after National Tragedy

Great maritime disasters live long in the collective memory, and few have been more memorable (though mercifully less tragic in terms of loss of lives) than the running aground of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia in late January 2012 off the Tuscan island of Giglio.

The salvage operation, which began in spring 2012 under a joint venture firm called Titan Micoperi, culminated in mid-September with a complex operation to right and re-float the breached, listing hulk. Four hundred journalists covered the drama from the shoreline, and it made for gripping global TV coverage.

But what do the initial disaster, the subsequent salvage success, and the imminent criminal trials say about Italian society and the country’s self-image?

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Costa Concordia: Bones found on seabed near Italy cruise ship wreck

Divers looking for the last two victims of Italy’s Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster found some bones on the seabed on Thursday, raising hopes of closure for relatives after a traumatic 20-month wait.

The bones are “presumably human”, Francesca Maffini, a spokeswoman for the civil protection agency which is overseeing the search operation, told AFP.

“They were outside the ship, on a part of the seabed that was exposed when the ship was raised,” she said.

But she said there could be no certainties without DNA identification, which could take “several days”.

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Concordia captain blames crew member

The captain of the Costa Concordia has blamed an Indonesian helmsman for the incident which led to the ship hitting rocks off the coast of Giglio in January last year. Captain Schettino, who is on trial for manslaughter, causing shipwreck and abandoning ship, says he has been used as a scapegoat for the errors of others. According to the BBC, Schettino has claimed a helmsman failed to obey his orders to slow down, which led to the death of 32 people. The helmsman has been convicted of manslaughter in a separate trial.

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Costa Concordia captain wants to search wreck for evidence

Lawyers for the former ship’s captain charged over the sinking of the Costa Concordia cruise liner sought permission on Monday to examine the wreck for evidence, a week after salvage crews in Italy raised it off the rocks.

The raising of the Costa Concordia, one of the most complex shipwreck recoveries ever undertaken, has opened the way for a new quest for clues sought by prosecutors and the man charged with causing the accident, former captain Francesco Schettino.

“It is now possible to conduct an expert search for evidence on board the Concordia,” Francesco Pepe, one of Schettino’s legal team said as the trial in a converted theatre in the town of Grosseto resumed after the summer break.

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Viking Ship Involved in Third Accident This Month

Viking Cruises’ new Viking Forseti damaged a power line near Forchcheim, Germany, September 23 when a crane used to move the ship’s gangway got out of proper position and hit the overhead power line. The incident shut down the A73 motorway and the Main-Danube Canal. It’s Forseti’s third accident in a month.

Cruise Critic learned of the accident from Franz Neumeier, a journalist who reported the incident on German website, Cruisetricks. According to the article, the impact short-circuited the power lines and caused them to shut down. Several lines will need to be replaced, and repairs are estimated at 40,000 euros. The highway and canal closures are expected to last until 1 p.m. local time Tuesday. No one was injured, according to a police report and Viking statement.

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Costa Concordia captain blames helmsman

The captain of the wrecked Costa Concordia, now on trial over the deadly disaster, blamed his helmsman Monday for botching a last-minute corrective maneuver that he contends could have prevented the massive cruise ship’s collision with a reef along the Italian coast.

Capt. Francesco Schettino is charged with manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning ship before the luxury cruise liner’s 4,200 passengers and crew could be evacuated on Jan. 13, 2012. Thirty-two people died that night. Last week, the capsized ship was raised upright in a major salvage operation.

Critics have depicted Schettino as a negligent coward. But Schettino insists he is being made a scapegoat and that errors by other Costa Crociere SpA crew and mechanical problems exacerbated the tragedy that occurred near the Tuscan island of Giglio.

The Concordia crashed into a reef, took on water and capsized when Schettino steered it dangerously close to Giglio. It was an off-route maneuver that the captain is alleged to have taken in part because he wanted to impress his passengers with a close-up view of the island’s twinkling lights.

Schettino told the court that as the Concordia came perilously close to Giglio’s rocky coastline, he ordered his helmsman to steer the rudder to the left, but the crewman reacted too slowly and shifted to the right instead. The jagged reef sliced a 70-meter (230-foot) gash in the ship’s hull.

“If it weren’t for the helmsman’s error, to not position the rudder to the left … the swerve (toward the reef) and the collision wouldn’t have happened,” said Schettino, who risks 20 years in prison if convicted. Schettino also has said the reef wasn’t on his charts, and that the company should shoulder some blame.

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Captain of wrecked Costa Concordia hopes for inspection of now-upright ship

The captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia is hoping an Italian judge will grant his request for an inspection of the crippled cruise liner.

The trial of Francesco Schettino resumes on Monday after a two-month summer recess, during which a salvage operation made more of the wreck accessible.

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Costa Concordia’s Dark Side Revealed

Frozen in time at the Costa Concordia’s crippled starboard side, a couple of rusty lounge chairs are tidily lined up on the balcony, a simple aluminum chair stands in a corner, while green lamps hang over the cruise ship’s deck. By some strange fortuity, despite the collision on the rocks of Giglio on January 13, the capsizing of the ship, 20 months underwater and a 65-degree rotation, the chairs and lamps amazingly stand in their original positions, as if waiting for guests to enjoy some sunshine or a coffee at the one of the cruise ship’s shining bars.

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