Austrian man’s suitcase washes ashore on Italian island of Elba, 17 miles from where cruise ship capsized.
Nine months after the Costa Concordia cruise ship smashed into the Tuscan island of Giglio, one passenger is finally set to get his suitcase back after it washed ashore 17 miles away on a different island, The suitcase, which was found on a beach on the island of Elba on Monday, belonged to an Austrian man who was among the 4,300 passengers and crew who fled the vessel as it capsized in shallow water in January, leaving 32 people dead. Read More theguardian Read More Discovery News Read More Miami Herald Read More Frommers
GROSSETO, Italy (Reuters) – The Italian captain of the Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, took the witness stand in a pre-trial hearing on Thursday, refusing to accept sole blame for sinking the cruise liner with the loss of 32 lives. 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.”We are trying to find out exactly what happened,” Schettino’s lawyer Francesco Pepe told journalists in a break during the closed-door hearing in Grosseto.
These are Captain Francesco Schettino’s words seconds after the Costa Concordia struck rocks on Jan.13, 2012. Recorded conversations from the bridge of the cruise liner published yesterday and today by La Stampa newspaper, suggest the disgraced
The Costa disaster raised questions about whether safety is still an issue for top-of-the-range, floating leisure palaces. In the 10 years prior to the Costa Concordia accident only 28 people had died in ship incidents, 22 were crewmembers. The Titanic was the pride of the industry when it went down off the coast of Canada on its maiden voyage a hundred years ago with the loss of 1,514 lives, a giant of a ship. Read More Discovery News Read More niagara-gazette Read More Mirror Read More NBC Bay Area Read More News 24 Read More France 24 Read More Jakarta Globe
Dramatic video footage has emerged from the Costa Concordia’s command deck showing the relaxed reaction of the cruise ship’s captain in the crucial hour after it struck rocks off the Tuscan island of Giglio. Broadcast by the Mediaset network TG5 news Released Saturday, the second part of the video shows crew members failing to understand the gravity of the situation. Laughing, they blow kisses, smoke, joke about the ship’s growing tilt and say “I love you, mamma” and “we’ll make it.” Read More