Costa Concordia disaster

Coordinates: 42°21′55″N 10°55′18″E / 42.36528°N 10.92167°E / 42.36528; 10.92167
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Costa Concordia disaster
Aground with rigid lifeboats in foreground and inflatables hanging from the side of the ship
Date13 January 2012 (2012-01-13)
LocationOff Isola del Giglio, Tuscany, Italy, Mediterranean Sea
Coordinates42°21′55″N 10°55′18″E / 42.36528°N 10.92167°E / 42.36528; 10.92167
TypeShip grounding
CauseStruck a rock while deviating from planned course
Participants4,252 (3,206 passengers; 1,023 crew and personnel)
Deaths33 (27 passengers, 5 crew, 1 salvage member)
Non-fatal injuries64
CaptainFrancesco Schettino
OperatorCosta Crociere
  • Fuel and oil extraction: March 2012
  • Righting: September 2013
  • Refloated and towed: July 2014

On 13 January 2012, the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia hit the bottom of the sea floor and overturned after striking an underwater rock off Isola del Giglio, Tuscany, resulting in 32 deaths.

The eight year old Costa Cruises vessel was on the first leg of a cruise around the Mediterranean Sea when she deviated from her planned route at the Isola del Giglio, sailed closer to the island, and struck a rock formation on the sea floor.

A six-hour rescue effort brought most of the passengers ashore.

Many blamed the ship's captain Francesco Schettino, who left the ship shortly after the sinking began leaving behind the crew and passengers.[1][2]

References[change | change source]

  1. John Hooper (24 January 2012). "Costa Concordia captain not solely to blame, says prosecutor". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
  2. Jones, Gavin; Denti, Antonio (15 January 2012). "Two more bodies found on ship, three people rescued". Reuters. Archived from the original on 15 January 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2012.