Costa Concordia Sinks Costa Cruises Concordia Off Giglia Coast Of Italy 32 Die – The cruise ship Costa Concordia nightmare took place off the coast of Italy near Giglio on Friday the 13th of January, 2012 around 2100 hours (see video below). The official death count was 32 aboard Costa Concordia, one from a heart attack after jumping into the icy cold waters.
The latest cruise ship sinking is the most recent dramatic grounding incident after the cruise ship Sea Diamond sank off the coast of Greece on April 5, 2007, killing two French passengers.
The massive Costa Concordia struck rocks while sailing on a seven-day Mediterranean Cruise after sailing too close to the Italian coast with around 3,206 passengers and a crew of 1,023 aboard. Most of the passengers are reported to be from dozens of nations including thousands of Italians, several hundred Germans, a hundred and a half French, over 100 Americans, a couple dozen British, several dozen Ukrainians and a dozen Canadians.
Early photographs show the ship listing slightly a couple hundred meters off the coast, while later photographs show the ship completely on her side with jagged rocks hutting up all around her, an estimated 160-foot-rip in her hull.
Reports say the death toll would have been much higher if most passengers had been in their beds at night. Instead, it was supper time and many passengers were dressed and sitting down to eat when the ship came to a screeching halt and began to fill up with water.
Costa Concordia had just made an emergency stop for minor repairs in the port of Marseille, France when the ship grounded on a charted reef. The ship had left Civitavecchia sailing to Savona, Marseilles, Barcelona, Palma, Tunis, and Palermo. The officers and crew had sailed this course along the coast many times before.
Costa Concordia is owned by Costa Crociera one of the cruise lines owned by Carnival Corp. The 950-foot-long cruise ship was Christened July 7, 2006 with a capacity of 3,700 passengers and a crew of 1,100 aboard 13 decks.
As of Sunday January 15, dozens of passengers and crew were still being reported as missing. Local Fire chief Ennio Aquilino reported that his crew had rescued over 100 people from the sea and dozens from inside the Concordia. The rescued on Sunday included a couple from Korea on their honeymoon and the cruise ship’s Purser who was trapped in a galley.
On July 14, 2014, the last ship voyage of the Costa Concordia begins. Costa Concordia has begun the last ship voyage to become the largest maritime salvage operation in history, nearly two-and-a-half years after she sank off the Italian island of Giglio.
The last floating of the Costa Concordia begins as the 114,500-ton vessel is raised 6.5 feet off the artificial platform it rested on since September. The final voyage concludes with a cruise ship tow to the port of Genoa where it will be scraped.
February 11, 2014, Captain Francesco Schettino, 54, was found guilty of causing manslaughter in the 32 deaths aboard Costa Concordia, causing a disaster and abandoning ship before all 4,200 were evacuated. He was sentences to 16 years in prison. The judge in the case has ruled that Schettino will not go to prison before he’s exhausted all his appeals.
May 31, 2016 Update
An Italian appeals court upheld the 16-year prison sentence on May 31, 2016.
The stories of each of those who died aboard Costa Concordia is on our Cruise Ship Deaths website.
Video: Sinking of the Concordia caught on camera (Documentary)