Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018
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Bulgarian sailor awarded for Concordia rescue

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(ANSA) - Sofia, October 2 - Bulgarian sailor Petar Petrov on
Monday received the European Parliament's EU Citizen 2012 award
for his role in evacuating passengers from the stricken Costa
Concordia cruise liner in January.
Petrov did six runs with a lifeboat between the wrecked
ship and the small Tuscan island of Giglio, rescuing over 500
people.
He only abandoned ship after the Coast Guard had assumed
full control of the rescue operations.
During the award ceremony in the Bulgarian parliament the
sailor said he had "acted out of instinct" and that he did not
"feel like a hero but like an ordinary citizen".
The Costa Concordia capsized on January 13 after hitting a
rock near Giglio island, killing 32 people in Italy's worst
maritime disaster since the Second World War.
Captain Francesco Schettino is being investigated on
charges of manslaughter, abandoning ship and failing to
communicate with maritime authorities in the crash.
The commander was dubbed 'captain coward' in the
international media after recordings of a conversation with
Coast Guard suggested he refused orders to return to the ship
after leaving before evacuation operations had been completed.

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