In the last day, more than 4,200 immigrants attempting to find sanctuary in Europe have been rescued from Mediterranean ships. An estimated 4,243 people have been recovered from rubber dinghies by nations including Italy, Ireland, Germany, Belgium and Britain.
28 people were rescued and 24 bodies recovered around 70 miles from the coast of Libya after a fishing boat capsized overnight. As many as 700 migrants escaping poverty and war in sub-Saharan Africa may have died when the boat capsized. 17 navy, coast guard, and merchant ships and a Maltese patrol boat, and air support are involved in the search-and-rescue operation, which are being coordinated in Rome.
Investigators say that the ill-fated Costa Concordia cruise ship was carrying a massive shipment of cocaine for one of Italy’s most famous mafia syndicates. According to the criminal investigation published in La Repubblica, members of ‘Ndrangheta were taped saying that the “same ship that made us a laughing stock around the world took the piss out of us, too.”
North of the Giglio Porto village, the site where the Costa Concordia ran up on the rocks, the Concordia Lighthouse Competition is inviting teams of architects, students, engineers, and designers to “redefine a contemporary lighthouse typology.”
Criteria include “aesthetics and originality”, “clarity and comprehensibility”, “sustainability”, and “translation of the metaphorical power of the lighthouse archetype into the architectural design.”
Registration closes on May 17, and submissions are due on May 24. The winner receives 3000 EUR.
Gunmen opened fire Wednesday at a major museum in Tunisia’s capital, killing at least 20 people, mostly foreigners, in one of the worst terrorist attacks in this struggling North African democracy that depends heavily on tourism. Ship owner Costa Crociere confirmed that some of its 3,161 passengers were visiting the capital and that a Bardo tour was on the itinerary, but said it couldn’t confirm how many passengers were in the museum at the time.
Schettino was sentenced to 16 years — 10 for manslaughter, five for causing a maritime disaster, one for abandoning his passengers. As long as his sentence is under appeal, Schettino will not go to prison. He could — in theory — take command of a ship while his sentence is still under appeal. Italian legal cases can take years and even decades to fully unfold.
Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, a double-decker river ferry carrying up to 140 passengers capsized Sunday after being hit by a cargo vessel 25 miles NW of Dhaka, Bangladesh The cargo vessel impacted at the Daulatdia-Paturia crossing on the Padma River. There were 48 immediate casualties reported. Those on the lower deck may have been trapped.
Italian Captain Francesco Schettino was found guilty today for causing the fatal shipwreck of the Costa Concordia and sentenced to 16 years in prison, according to a three-judge panel.
The verdict came after a 19-month-long trial in which Schettino, who had been accused of causing the Jan. 13, 2012 shipwreck near the Italian island of Giglio, was charged with multiple counts of manslaughter and abandoning ship before all 4,200 passengers could be safely evacuated.
GROSSETO, Italy — Whatever verdict is delivered in the trial of the Italian sea captain for the shipwreck of the Costa Concordia cruise liner and for the deaths of 32 people, survivors and victims’ families already are wondering if justice will be done.The trial, expected to bring a verdict this week, has a sole defendant. Francesco Schettino is accused of causing the shipwreck on the night of Jan. 13, 2012, when he steered too close to a tiny Tuscan island, smashing into a granite reef that sliced open the hull, sending seawater rushing in. Schettino is also charged with multiple manslaughter and injury, and of abandoning the luxury liner when many of the 4,200 passengers and crew were still aboard.