Costa Concordia Sinking Seven Years Ago Today – On this day in cruise history, the cruise ship Costa Concordia sinking took place off the coast of Italy near Giglio on Friday the 13th of January, 2012 around 2100 hours. Costa Concordia was captained by Francesco Schettino (see video below), who fled the scene before passengers were evacuated.
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. Passengers were reportedly 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.
The official death count was 32 aboard Costa Concordia, one from a heart attack after jumping into the icy cold waters, the rest were from the horrible death of drowning.
Giglio , Italy also known as Isola del Giglio is an Italian island and comune situated in the Tyrrhenian Sea, off the coast of Tuscany, and is part of the Province of Grosseto. The island is one of seven that form the Tuscan Archipelago, lying within the Arcipelago Toscano National Park.
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Video: Costa Concordia Captain Francesco Schettino on his call to the Coast Guard