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Costa Concordia captain feels 'indelible pain' two years on

Schettino charged with manslaughter for fatal crash

13 January, 14:23
Costa Concordia captain feels 'indelible pain' two years on (see related) (ANSA) - Grosseto, January 13 - The ex-captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship said the anniversary of the fatal crash Monday caused "deep grief" and "indelible pain for all of us".

On this day in 2012 the massive cruise liner smashed against a rock formation on the Island of Giglio off the coast of Tuscany, killing 32 people aboard. Francesco Schettino, the captain at the time, is on trial for multiple manslaughter and dereliction of duty in the Tuscan city of Grosseto.

A group of 30 shipwreck survivors staged a sit-in at Schettino's trial hearing on Monday.

A lawyer for the group demanded greater accountability for Costa Cruises and said the company bore more responsibility than Schettino for the disaster. Schettino is the only person standing criminal trial, since State prosecutors last May accepted the pleas of five other officials, including four ship's officers and the crisis coordinator of the vessel's owners, Costa Cruises.

Costa agreed to pay a one-million-euro fine to settle potential criminal charges in April.

The Grosseto court on Monday observed a minute of silence in memory of the victims at the request or survivors.

Italian consumer group Codacons has also demanded further investigation into the company's role.