The Costa Concordia disaster was a tragic event that occurred on January 13, 2012, when the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground off the coast of the island of Giglio in Tuscany, Italy. Here are some of the key points about the disaster:
The Costa Concordia was a massive cruise ship, with a capacity of 3,780 passengers and 1,100 crew members. It was operated by the Italian cruise company Costa Crociere.
The disaster occurred when the ship struck a rock and began to take on water. The captain of the ship, Francesco Schettino, had deviated from the planned route and had brought the ship too close to the shore in order to perform a “salute” maneuver, which is a showy maneuver where the ship gets close to the shore to impress passengers.
As a result of the collision, the ship suffered significant damage to its hull, which caused it to list heavily to one side. This made it difficult for passengers and crew members to evacuate the ship.
In total, 32 people died as a result of the disaster, including passengers and crew members. Many more were injured.
The rescue operation was a massive undertaking and involved hundreds of people, including the Italian Coast Guard, local emergency services, and volunteer divers.
The captain, Francesco Schettino, was widely criticized for his actions during the disaster. He was accused of abandoning the ship before all the passengers and crew members had been evacuated, and of delaying the evacuation by an hour. He was later found guilty of multiple charges, including manslaughter, and was sentenced to 16 years in prison.
The disaster had significant environmental consequences, as the ship leaked fuel and other pollutants into the surrounding waters. The salvage operation to remove the ship from the coast was also a complex and challenging process that took several years to complete.
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