Friday, January 20, 2012

Costa Concordia Cruise Ship Disaster

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Jan 21,2012

Death Toll on Doomed Costa Concordia Cruise Reaches 12 as Woman’s Body Is Discovered in Ship’s Corridor A woman’s body was discovered in a hallway of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that hit a rock last week and sank off the coast of Italy. The woman was in a difficult-to-reach area of the ship, and she was found wearing a life vest.

Costa Concordia: ship's doctor describes chaotic scenes as liner keeled over

The ship’s doctor on the Costa Concordia cruise liner has described scenes of panic and chaos as he helped dozens of terrified passengers clamber into lifeboats as the vessel keeled over.

Dr Cinquini insisted that the ship’s officers did their best amid the chaos and fear, even though video footage which emerged on Friday suggested the crew had told passengers to go back to their cabins as late as 10.25pm – more than 40 minutes after the collision. The abandon ship alarm was only given at 10.58pm.
Wreck threatens sea grass, sea sponges and mollusks!
A week after the Concordia struck a reef off the fishing and tourism island of Giglio, flipping on its side, its crippled 114,000-ton hull rests on seabed rich with an underwater prairie of sea grass vital to the ecosystem. The dead weight has likely already damaged a variety of marine life, including endangered sea sponges, and crustaceans and mollusks, even before a drop of any fuel leaks, environmentalists contend.
"The longer it stays there, the longer it impedes light from reaching the vegetation," said Francesco Cinelli, an ecology professor at the University of Pisa, in Tuscany. And the sheer weight of the Concordia will also crush sea life, he said.
The seabed where the Concordia lies is a flourishing home to Poseidon sea grass native to the Mediterranean,

Cruise ship's cook says captain ordered dinner after crash
By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 10:38 AM EST, Fri January 20, 2012
In an interview with GMA Network, cook Rogelio Barista said Capt. Francesco Schettino ordered dinner less than an hour after the accident.
"We wondered what was going on. ... At that time, we really felt something was wrong. ... The stuff in the kitchen was falling off shelves and we realized how grave the situation was," Barista told GMA.
Schettino ordered dinner around 10:30 p.m. Friday, Barista said. Authorities say the ship struck the rocks at 9:41 p.m.
"I have had 12 years of experience as a cook on a cruise ship. ... I have even witnessed fires, so I wasn't that scared," Barista said. "But I did wonder, though, what the captain was doing ... why was he still there."

January 19, 2012

Costa Concordia captain reportedly seen dining with mystery woman before deadly crash
This image taken from Il Secolo's website reportedly shows 25-year-old Domnica Cemortan. The Moldovan woman is believed to have been the blonde female seen dining with Costa Concordia Capt. Francesco Schettino shortly before the ship crashed Friday night, according to the newspaper.
The search for 21 people still missing in the Costa Concordia shipwreck resumed Thursday amid reports the captain was seen dining with a mystery woman -- who may have been on board illegally -- shortly before the liner crashed off the Italian coast.
The woman is believed to be Domnica Cemortan, a 25-year-old Moldovan, thought to be the same blonde woman seen dining with Capt. Francesco Schettino Friday evening, almost an hour before the ship struck a reef, killing at least 11 people, the Italian newspaper Il Secolo XIX reported Thursday.

Jan 16

Interactive timeline shows the key events of Costa Concordia cruise disaster

Costa Concordia, the stricken cruise liner, capsized after the captain tried to turn around and head into the island’s port in an apparent attempt to make it easier to evacuate.

January 14, 2012
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