Survivors Mark 1 Year Since Costa Concordia

Ship still sits off Italian coast awaiting salvage operation
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2013 7:32 AM CST
Relatives of the 32 victims of the Costa Concordia shipwreck aboard a ferry approach the Costa Concordia shipwreck off Isola del Giglio, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013.   (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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(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 of the overturned cruise ship, reports Sky News, though some survivors were asked not to attend because the small island near the wreck was crowded.

A year later, Captain Francesco Schettino remains charged with manslaughter and jailed, but has yet to go to trial. The ship itself—which weighs twice as much as the Titanic—still sits on its side off of Italy's Tuscan coast, and the operation to remove it has been delayed til September and will top $400 million, in the biggest venture of its kind. Some 400 engineers are working to right the 11-story ship so that it can be towed to port and dismantled—a process that could itself take two years. (Read more Costa Concordia stories.)

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