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Costa Concordia is gone, but horror lingers 10 years later

Italy Shipwreck Anniversary
Posted at 6:52 AM, Jan 13, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-13 09:52:16-05

GIGLIO, Italy (AP) — Italy has paid tribute to the 32 victims of the Costa Concordia shipwreck on the 10th anniversary of the disaster.

A daylong commemoration on the Tuscan island of Giglio is recalling the horror of the night the ship slammed into a reef and then capsized offshore.

Some of the 4,200 people who survived returned to Giglio to take part in the solemn anniversary events.

They began with a Mass and were ending with a candlelit vigil marking the exact moment, 9:45 p.m., that the Concordia hit rocks that sliced a 70-meter (230-foot) gash in its hull.

The Concordia’s captain, Francesco Schettino, is serving a 16-year prison sentence for having ordered the crew to take the ship off course to come closer to Giglio in a stunt.