GUILTY! Costa Concordia Captain Convicted

Costa Concordia Captain Francesco Schettino has been convicted for numerous charges and sentenced in an Italian court. Schettino wasn’t present to hear .

Case History

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. 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 official death count was 32 aboard Costa Concordia, one from a heart attack after jumping into the icy cold waters. On Saturday, dozens were still unaccounted for.

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 jutting up all around her, an estimated 160-foot-rip in her hull.  Read more on Cruise Ship Sinking