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Costa Concordia disaster
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Aground with rigid lifeboats in foreground and inflatables hanging from the side of the ship
Date 13 January 2012 (2012-01-13)
Location Off Isola del Giglio, Tuscany, Italy, Mediterranean Sea
Coordinates 42°21′55″N 10°55′18″E / 42.36528°N 10.92167°E / 42.36528; 10.92167Coordinates: 42°21′55″N 10°55′18″E / 42.36528°N 10.92167°E / 42.36528; 10.92167
Type Ship grounding
Cause Struck a rock while deviating from planned course
Participants 4,252 (3,206 passengers; 1,023 crew and personnel)
Deaths 33 (27 passengers, 5 crew, 1 salvage member)
Non-fatal injuries 64
Captain Francesco Schettino
Operator Costa Crociere
Salvage
  • 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.


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