Costa Concordia Cruise Ship Wreck
On the 13th of January 2012 (this past weekend Friday) the Costa Concordia (a cruise ship operated by Costa Cruises) ran aground off the coast at Isola del Giglio, Italy. This cruise ship is currently partially capsized, submerged and heavily damaged. At least 6 people that were on board of the Cost Concordia Died. There were 4,229 people on board. Sixteen people still remain unaccounted for after the luxury liner ran aground. Italian Authorities are holding Captain Schettino (the captain of the Costa Concordia) for suspected manslaughter and a prosecutor confirmed that they were also investigating allegations that the captain abandoned the ship before all the passengers had escaped.
According to the Italian navigation code a captain who abandons his ship in danger can face up to 12 years in prison.
The captain did concede that he was manoeuvring the Costa Concordia in “touristic navigation” – the route was a deviation from the norm and designed to entertain the tourists. “We were navigating approximately 300 metres from the rocks,” he told Mediaset television. “There shouldn’t have been such a rock. On the nautical chart it indicated that there was water deep below.”
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