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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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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Prosecutors in hot pursuit of Costa Concordia officers

An Italian judge began hearing a request Monday to send the former captain of the Costa Concordia and five other ship’s officers to trial over the accident which sank the liner with the loss of 32 lives in January 2012. Prosecutors are seeking to have the 52-year-old captain, Francesco Schettino, tried on charges including manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship.Both Schettino and the ship’s owners Costa Cruises were heavily criticised over both the accident and the chaotic night-time evacuation of more than 4,000 passengers and crew. Costa paid 1 million euros ($1.31 million) to settle potential criminal charges although the payment did not affect civil lawsuits.

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Hearing shows captain to blame for Italy ship disaster: prosecutor

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A pre-trial hearing in Italy this week on the sinking of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that cost 32 lives has put the responsibility for the disaster squarely on the shoulders of Captain Francesco Schettino, prosecutors said on Friday. Schettino is accused of manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning ship before the evacuation of more than 4,000 passengers and crew was complete. He has admitted making mistakes but says he should not be the only person blamed.
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Sightseeing vessel runs aground in Alaskan bay, 76 rescued

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Seventy-six people were rescued on Sunday after a sightseeing vessel ran aground in Alaska’s Glacier Bay and began filling with water.None of the passengers and crew members aboard the 79-foot Baranof Wind was seriously hurt, though some minor injuries were reported. It was stabilized after the accident, and there were no immediate signs of spills or other pollution, Mosley said. The boat’s owner was arranging to tow the vessel into port, he said. The accident was reported to the Coast Guard a

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Costa Concordia tragedy: Cruise ship’s salvage a wreck for Italian island

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Last January, the captain of the Italian mega-cruise ship Costa Concordia committed an apparent act of maritime bravado a few yards from the shore of a Tuscan island. Thirty people were killed, and two are still missing. Six months after one of the biggest passenger shipwrecks in recent history, relatives of the dead attended a memorial service near the site of the disaster.

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Cruise officials tout overall safety, resiliency at industry convention

That reassurance comes at a time when some operators are seeing weaker demand for cruises due to consumer pullback following the Costa Concordia accident. For some it’s a big reversal for a year that started with strong demand for cruises at higher prices than a year ago.

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Victims’ families want truth at Italy shipwreck hearing

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GROSSETO, Italy (Reuters) – Survivors and relatives of victims of the Costa Concordia shipwreck clamoured for truth at a pre-trial hearing in Italy on Saturday, with some still waiting for identification of the remains of their loved ones 1-1/2 monthsafter the disaster. The giant cruise liner capsized off the Tuscan island of Giglio after hitting a rock on January 13, killing at least 25 people. Seven people are still unaccounted for, and eight of the bodies found have yet to be identified.

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