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Costa Concordia's Sobbing Captain Gets 16 Years

Francesco Schettino claims 'entire organization' should have been on trial

(Newser) - The captain of the capsized Costa Concordia luxury liner has been convicted of multiple charges of manslaughter and sentenced to 16 years in jail, closing down a trial that's been running since July 2013 and ending one of the more jaw-dropping and avoidable maritime disasters in recent memory, reports... More »

Costa Concordia Reaches Final Destination

Cruise ship reaches Genoa, where it will be dismantled

(Newser) - The shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner has completed its final journey. Pulled by tugboats and nudged by brisk winds, the wreck was today eased into Genoa's port, where it was built nine years ago and now will be scrapped. A large net was dragged behind the cruise ship, notes... More »

Costa Concordia Is Upright Again

Biggest-ever passenger ship salvage operation; now ready to be towed

(Newser) - More than two years after it capsized off the coast of an Italian island, CNN reports that workers have refloated the Costa Concordia in the final phase of the biggest-ever passenger ship salvage. In an operation expected to take up to a week, air was pumped into tanks attached to... More »

Costa Concordia Captain Walks Wreck For 1st Time

Joins experts to inspect generators he says were to blame

(Newser) - Two years after the disaster that killed 32 people, captain Francesco Schettino today returned to the Costa Concordia wreckage in the course of his manslaughter trial. Schettino went aboard in order to help court-appointed experts inspect generators, which the captain claims were partly to blame for the incident, the AP... More »

Costa Concordia Captain Trying to Impress His Lover?

Woman on bridge with him admits they were involved

(Newser) - The trial of the captain who ran the Costa Concordia aground is under way, and the early testimony suggests that 32 people died because Francesco Schettino wanted to make good on a favor to a crew member and perhaps impress his lover at the same time. The two big developments:... More »

Italy Set to Raise Costa Concordia

Unprecedented salvage operation will begin tomorrow

(Newser) - Authorities have given the final go-ahead for a daring attempt tomorrow to pull upright the crippled Costa Concordia cruise liner from the waters off Tuscany where it capsized 20 months ago. Italy's national Civil Protection agency waited until sea and weather conditions were forecast for dawn tomorrow before giving... More »

Costa Concordia Trial Opens, Immediately Stalls

Hearing adjourned until next week

(Newser) - The trial of Francesco Schettino, captain of the doomed Costa Concordia cruise liner, began today, 18 months after the ship ran aground—and was almost immediately postponed, the BBC reports. The hearing was adjourned to July 17 because a nationwide lawyers' strike is going on in Italy. (It involves a... More »

Costa Concordia Owner Fined $1.3M

Cruise line looking to blame Schettino for accident

(Newser) - A judge in Tuscany has fined Italian cruise line Costa Crociere SpA $1.3 million in administrative sanctions for the 2012 wreckage of the Concordia cruise ship that killed 32 people. Costa had asked for a plea deal to respond to the administrative sanctions, which under Italian law are for... More »

Survivors Mark 1 Year Since Costa Concordia

Ship still sits off Italian coast awaiting salvage operation

(Newser) - Part of the massive rock that ripped through the hull of the Costa Concordia a year ago today was returned to the sea bearing a plaque memorializing the 32 victims that died in the wreck. That tribute led memorial services today, as survivors and victims' families returned to the site... More »

Costa Captain Faces 1,000 Survivors in Theater Hearing

Francesco Schettino hears evidence in manslaughter charge

(Newser) - Charged with manslaughter, the Costa Concordia's ex-captain arrived in court today to hear evidence against him in the accident that killed 32. In a Tuscan theater functioning as a courtroom, Francesco Schettino reportedly faced more than 1,000 survivors of the disaster. "We want to look him in... More »

Costa Concordia Captain Offers Some Kind of Apology

Francesco Schettino says he's sorry because 'it's normal that I should'

(Newser) - The captain who was "distracted" when the Costa Concordia sailed smack into a rock finally took to TV yesterday to at last say sorry, though it doesn't sound like the passion quotient was too high. "When there's an accident, it's not just the ship that'... More »

Costa Concordia Captain Forgot His Glasses: Lawyer

'Schettino had left his reading glasses in the cabin ': first officer's attorney

(Newser) - The Costa Concordia's captain wasn't wearing his glasses and told the first officer to handle radar duties for him on the night disaster struck off the coast of Italy, according to the first officer's lawyer. Speaking at a pretrial hearing today in the Tuscan city of Grosseto,... More »

Child's Body, 7 Others Found on Costa Concordia

5-year-old Italian girl believed to be youngest victim

(Newser) - The body of a 5-year-old Italian girl, believed to be the youngest victim of the Costa Concordia disaster, was discovered today, along with seven other bodies. Due to the treacherous conditions, rescue officials weren't sure how long it would take to surface all the bodies from the deck where... More »

Lawyers: Cocaine Found on Cruise Ship Captain's Hair

But it's not clear whether Francesco Schettino took the drug

(Newser) - Some potentially bad news for the captain of that cruise ship that sank off the coast of Italy: Lawyers representing survivors say traces of cocaine were found on a sample of Francesco Schettino's hair, reports AP . But then it gets a little confusing: No cocaine was found in his... More »

Costa Captain: Bosses Made Me Perform 'Sail-Pasts'

Costa Cruise captains do them for publicity: Schettino

(Newser) - The captain of Costa Concordia insists his bosses ordered him to sail close to land for publicity-boosting "salutes," the Telegraph reports. Sparking a war of words with Costa Cruises, Captain Francesco Schettino says that "Costa was aware of the frequent practise of cruise ships performing sail- pasts.... More »

13th Body Pulled From Cruise Ship

Unidentified woman was wearing life vest

(Newser) - Divers have pulled the body of a woman in a life vest from the wreckage of the cruise ship Costa Concordia, reports the AP , raising the death toll to 13. The unidentified woman was discovered in the rear of the ship, in an underwater section. At least 20 people remain... More »

Cruise Ship Captain: I'll Be Last Off

Francesco Schettino initially told Port Authority he'd stay with Costa Concordia

(Newser) - Somewhere along the way, Francesco Schettino's definition of "last" changed: The BBC highlights new audio of the beleaguered Costa Concordia captain speaking with Italian Port Authority in which he says he'll be the last off the ship. Schettino tells the person on the other end of the... More »

12th Body Found in Cruise Ship

Woman has not been identified yet

(Newser) - The death toll in the Costa Concordia tragedy rose to 12 today as rescuers found a woman's body in the cruise ship, reports AP . She was wearing a life jacket and found near an evacuation staging point. Authorities haven't identified her yet. The discovery means that 20 people... More »

Angry 'Get Back on Board!' T-Shirts a Hit in Italy

Plays off coast guard command to captain of cruise ship

(Newser) - The Italian coast guard officer who ordered the Costa Concordia captain to get back on his foundering ship has entered the lexicon with his angry command. "Vada a bordo, cazzo!" T-shirts are all the rage in Italy, reports Reuters . The phrase has been translated into "Get back... More »

Woman: Husband's Ashes Went Down With the Ship

She intended to scatter them as the ship sailed past Monaco

(Newser) - More sad stories are emerging from the Costa Concordia disaster. The Guardian relays the tale of a British expat living in Spain who had set sail on the cruise ship with her daughter and twin granddaughters, age 7. The grieving group intended to scatter the ashes of Sandra Rodgers' husband... More »

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