Finger missing from marble memorial to Costa Concordia
Vandals break statue during the night22 August, 15:02
Investigators say overnight vandals broke off the index finger of the Stella Maris, a madonna statue placed in May to overlook the spot of the fatal disaster and the remains of the stranded cruiser on Giglio Island off the Tuscan coast.
On January 13, 2012, the massive cruise ship with 4,252 people on board ran aground on a rock reef, leaving 32 dead. The statue was donated by the sculptor Umberto Togni, a marble-working artisan of Pietrasanta, a coastal town near Tuscany’s famous Carrara marble quarries. The paramilitary Carabinieri police are investigating.