Costa Concordia survivors John and Mandy Rodford seeking £1m in damages

  • John and Mandy Rodford from Rochester, Kent, were on dream Italian cruise
  • But fourth wedding anniversary celebration in 2012 ended in nightmare
  • They revealed their trauma at trial of ship’s captain Francesco Schettino
  • Hearing in Grosseto told the couple are each suing firm for a million Euros
  • Mrs Rodford: ‘Costa needs to suffer as we have – we almost lost our lives’

John and Mandy Rodford were among the last passengers to be plucked to safety from the stricken Costa Concordia, which struck rocks hours after leaving port for a seven-day Mediterranean cruise.

Both attended the trial today of the luxury liner’s captain Francesco Schettino, who is accused of multiple manslaughter and causing the disaster which cost the lives of 32 people – with one body still to be found.

Costa Concordia survivors John and Mandy Rodford seeking £1m in damages Daily Mail

Costa Concordia trial

  • 32 people were killed when Costa Concordia hit rocks off Tuscany, Jan 2012
  • Captain Francesco Schettino is charged with dereliction of duty and multiple counts of manslaughter
  • Court heard Domnica Cemortan, dancer on the ship’s bridge, was his lover
  • She said she boarded the Costa Concordia as a non-paying passenger
  • If found guilty of the charges Francesco Schettino will face 20 years in jail

The dancer who was on the bridge when the Costa Concordia cruise ship hit a reef killing 32 people, has admitted at the captain’s manslaughter trial that they were lovers. Domnica Cemortan also told the Italian court that she boarded as a non-paying passenger hours before the crash near the island of Giglio, saying: ‘When you are someone’s lover no one asks you for a ticket.’ She dismissed the remark as a joke to her translator.

Moldovan Miss Cemortan said she had worked on the Concordia for three weeks in December 2011. The Moldovan dancer admitted she was Captain Francesco Schettino’s lover and boarded the Costa Concordia without a ticket The Moldovan dancer admitted she was Captain Francesco Schettino’s lover and boarded the Costa Concordia without a ticket She tried to dodge the question of whether she was romantically involved with captain Francesco Schettino, and only responded positively after being told she risked criminal charges for refusing to reply. Earlier the trial heard that the ship hit the reef after Schettino was disappointed at not getting close enough to it on an earlier attempt, his trial has been told.


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‘Madonna, what have I done?’

  • 32 people were killed when Costa Concordia hit rocks off coast of Tuscany in January 2012
  • Captain Francesco Schettino is charged with dereliction of duty and multiple counts of manslaughter
  • Court heard he ordered the ship to speed up in run-up to disaster
  • Said to react with disbelief, asking fellow officers, ‘Did we hit a reef?’
  • If convinced he will face 20 years in jail Read More

The sinking of the Costa Concordia in January last year is one of the worst maritime disasters in living memory, with 32 passengers tragically losing their lives.

Now new insight into the frantic moments before the cruise liner hit rocks just off the island of Giglio in Italy have been revealed.

The captain of the Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, is said to have cried out ‘Madonna, what have I done?’, as the cruise liner hurtled into rocks off the coast of Tuscany, an Italian has court heard.

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Costa Concordia captain ‘made a mess’

The captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner ran his hands through his hair and said ‘I made a mess’ after crashing against rocks following a risky manoeuvre, an Italian court has been told.

The Concordia ran aground and capsized near Giglio on January 13, 2012, killing 32 of the 4229 people on board. Captain Francesco Schettino is accused of having steered the ship close to the island to perform a stunt – a so-called ‘bow’.

‘I looked at the nautical map and I saw that we were … close to Giglio’s reefs,’ First Deck Officer Giovanni Iaccarino said.

‘I looked at the panel and it was full of red lights.

‘Then Commander Schettino ran his hands through his hair and said: ‘I made a mess.”

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Cruise ship scare in Venice

Carnival Sunshine comes ‘dangerously close’ to shore.

The head of Italy’s Senate committee on art and culture called on the government to limit cruise ships passing through the Venice lagoon after an alleged close call over the weekend reignited local fury and fears of a disaster like the Costa Concordia crash off Tuscany last year that killed 32 people. “After the tragedy of the Concordia, there is still a safety risk tied to the passage of large ships. Especially in Venice, there is an intolerable risk percentage. The government must apply (changes) immediately,” said Andrea Marcucci. On Saturday witnesses reported that the 100,000-ton Carnival Sunshine passed within 20 meters of the Riva Dei Sette Martiri waterfront, not far from St Mark’s Square.

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Five Costa Concordia staff found guilty over deaths of 32 passengers and crew on shipwrecked cruise liner

  • Crew members and company official given sentences between 18 and 34 months
  • Unlikely they will actually serve time in jail after accepting plea bargains
  • Lawyers for the victims say ‘lenient’ sentences were ‘shameful’

Five people were sentenced for their part in the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster that killed 32 – but look likely to avoid jail. The four crew members and a company official received jail sentences of between 18 and 34 months after they pleaded guilty to multiple manslaughter, negligence and shipwreck.However, judicial sources said none of the five is likely to be jailed as the sentences of under two years were suspended and the longer ones may be appealed or replaced with community service.
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Costa Concordia captain asks judge for tests on shipwreck

The captain of the capsized Costa Concordia on Thursday asked the judge at his manslaughter trial to order tests on the cruise liner’s wreckage to determine why electrical and other systems failed after the vessel struck a reef off an Italian island in 2012, killing 32 people.

The outcome of the request from Francesco Schettino, the sole defendant, won’t be known until at least September. After only two full days of hearings, Judge Giovanni Puliatti on Thursday adjourned the trial until Sept. 23 for summer’s break.

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Italian prosecutors have finished investigating the Costa Concordia tragedy and are preparing to bring charges against the captain and seven other people. The captain will be accused of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship. The head investigator said he expects to file a request for an indictment at the end of January

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