The cruise operator failed to accept the findings of UK medical experts, so Costa Concordia survivors will be flying back to Italy. Those who were injured “are now having to undergo further medical assessments, say that returning to Italy is “likely to only serve to compound the trauma” experienced by the victims.”
The 16-year prison sentence for Francesco Schettino, former captain of the Costa Concordia was upheld by an Italian appeals court. Francesco Schettino appealed against the sentence handed down in 2015. Schettino was found guilty of multiple manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning passengers. The appeals court rejected the prosecutor’s request to extend the term to 27 years.Schettino can appeal. The ruling also bars him from working on a ship for five years. Schettino was sentenced in February 2015 to 16 years and one month in prison after a judge ruled that his recklessness was responsible caused Costa Concordia to hit underwater rocks off the coast of the Tuscan island of Giglio.
Ship owner Costa Crociere and Italy’s civil protection agency said in a statement on Wednesday that the July 14 start date would be based on the weather conditions and a final go-ahead from state environmental authorities.
“The salvage team have confirmed that the Concordia refloating operation is set to go ahead starting on Monday, July 14,” the statement said.
It added however that “final confirmation of the start of the refloating operation will not be announced until the day before it actually begins”.