GROSSETO, Italy – Italian prosecutors on Tuesday rejected a plea bargain bid by the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that ran aground off Italy last year, killing 32 people, defense lawyers said. Capt. Francesco Schettino is accused of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship before all 4,200 passengers and crew were evacuated.Defense lawyer Francesco Pepe said Schettino had wanted to defend himself at a trial but when the five other defendants in the shipwreck off the Tuscan coast all sought plea bargains during a closed-door hearing Tuesday, his defense team decided to change strategy.
two weeks shy of the 101st anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic in the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912. Naturally the date won’t get the attention that the 100 year anniversary did, but it’s worthy of note. Meanwhile, with the passage of this last year more information has come to light regarding another giant maritime disaster, the sinking, or listing over, of the Italian cruise ship, the Costa Concordia. That tragedy saw 32 passengers and crew die while
The Dutch maritime company that is removing the oil from the sunken Italian cruise ship, theCosta Concordia, says it can refloat the huge ship and has put in a bid to do so. But the operation cannot be done cheaply. Royal Boskalis Westminster is only one of six companies believed to have put in bids to salvage the ship.
Lawyers representing survivors of the stricken Costa Concordia luxury cruise liner said Saturday that traces of cocaine were found on a sample of the disgraced ship captain Francesco Skettino’s hair. But there were no traces of the drug within the hair strands or in his urine – which would have indicated he had used the drug. Italian consumer protection group Codacons, which represents survivors of the disaster, told the Associated Press that the results found by a court-appointed expert are “very strange”. Read More
Family of passengers and crew missing since the Italian cruise ship the Costa Concordia hit a reef last month boated to the site and threw out roses in honor of their loved ones. One man still holds out hope his brother might be alive. “I haven’t lost hope yet, anything can still happen, a miracle.” Read More