Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018

Costa Concordia crew wins award for bravery


(ANSA) - Genova, September 27 - The crew of the ill-fated
Costa Concordia has been recognized for bravery in dealing with
the sinking of their cruise ship in January.
The Lloyd's List "Seafarer of the Year" award was announced
by the Costa Cruises corporation, which noted that the Concordia
crew was cited for courage and professionalism when the ship
sank off the Italian coast on January 13, 2012.
Thirty-two people were killed when the Concordia capsized
after hitting a rock while sailing close to island of Giglio off
the Tuscan coast to 'salute' local residents.
The award said that in the media attention that followed,
focus was on the actions of the ship's commander, now facing
Francesco Schettino has been blamed for the disaster and
faces charges of multiple manslaughter, negligence and
abandoning his ship before the evacuation was complete.
Some passengers later reported acts of bravery by crew
members during the evacuation, but others said the crew seemed
unprepared for an accident and many couldn't speak Italian.
Experts appointed by Italian judges to help investigate the
disaster also criticized a lack of preparation among crew
members for such an incident.

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