Concordia prosecutor to request Schettino’s sentencing

al entered their third and final day on Monday, when prosecutor Stefano Pizza will request sentencing for Francesco Schettino, captain of the vessel that shipwrecked in January 2012, killing 32 people. In his closing arguments on Monday morning, Pizza said legal doctrine defines an “able idiot” as someone who “thinks he’s capable but provokes a dangerous situation and causes damage” and an “incautious optimist” as someone who “optimistically overestimates his abilities” and that Schettino embodies both definitions, and he could be classified as an “incautious idiot”. Pizza recited a laundry list of charges against Schettino, stating that the captain’s actions constituted “monstrously gross negligence”.

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Prosecutor Alessandro Leopizzi: Captain Is Reason Why 32 Died Aboard Concordia

The 32 victims of the Costa Concordia shipwreck didn’t die because the luxury cruise liner crashed into a reef, but due to “chaos, delays, errors” under the captain’s watch, a prosecutor contended in final arguments Friday.

Francesco Schettino, who captained the Costa Crociere vessel when it capsized in 2012 near tiny Giglio island off the Tuscan coast, is being tried for manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning the Concordia while many passengers and crew members were still aboard.

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Concordia shipwreck trial to hear closing arguments

Wednesday testimony claims Schettino was “in shock”

Closing arguments for the prosecution are scheduled Thursday and Friday in the trial of Francesco Schettino, captain of the Costa Concordia which shipwrecked off the Tuscan island of Giglio in January 2012, killing 32 people. In Wednesday’s hearings, Captain Leopoldo Manna, director of central operations for Rome’s harbourmaster, testified that based on his telephone conversations with Schettino while the shipwreck was underway, Manna told operations center personnel he felt Schettino wasn’t the “most suitable” person to speak to regarding the situation, and that he “seemed in shock”. A recording was played in court in which Manna uses a vulgar expression to tell another in the operations center that Schettino seemed stupid or “out of it”.

Concordia shipwreck trial to hear closing arguments

Costa Concordia girl still haunts

The tear-stained face of the five-year-old girl haunted Rob Elcombe’s dreams for months.

As panicked passengers waited to get on lifeboats to escape the sinking Costa Concordia, the girl’s distraught father debated returning to their cabin for medication.

Mr Elcombe and his wife Tracey Gunn were among those who pleaded with Italian William Arlotti to stay on deck with his daughter Dayana.

But those pleas were ignored and the pair disappeared into the crowds clutching hands. Days later, the WA couple learnt the pair had…

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Italy’s second ‘ghost ship’

A cargo ship abandoned by its crew with 359 Syrian refugees on board was towed ashore in Italy on Saturday in the second such rescue this week, prompting calls for stronger European Union action in the face of new tactics by human traffickers.

The Ezadeen, a Sierra-Leone-flagged vessel that had set sail from Turkey, docked in the southern Italian port of Corigliano Calabro. The passengers, including 62 minors, were in good condition and were being transferred to immigration centres and foster homes across Italy, coastguard and police officials said.

The decrepit vessel, licensed only to carry livestock, was strewn with steel containers, broken chairs, piles of garbage bags, empty gasoline tanks and scattered clothes and belongings.

On Wednesday, about 800 mostly Syrian migrants were rescued from another ‘ghost ship’, the Moldovan-flagged Blue Sky M. It too was abandoned at sea, highlighting a new ploy by traffickers who make money by promising refugees a transfer to Europe.
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Eight missing as ship sinks

An overturned cargo ship sank Sunday off the coast of Scotland as the search continued for the missing eight-member crew.

Seven Poles and one Filipino were on board the Cypriot-registered Cemfjord, a cargo ship carrying cement, which capsized around 15 miles (24 kilometres) from Wick on the northeast tip of Scotland.

Two helicopters, four lifeboats and five coastguard rescue teams are involved in the search for survivors.

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Firefighters board Italian Ferry

Wearing gas masks against the smoke, Italian firefighters and investigators boarded the charred Norman Atlantic ferry on Friday, trying to find out what caused the deadly blaze and search for more possible bodies.

The badly damaged ferry was towed across the choppy Adriatic Sea for 17 hours before it docked Friday at the southern Italian port of Brindisi, where a second tug was tied to stabilize the wreck.

Firefighters board Italian Ferry