Italy: 10th anniversary of the shipwreck of the Costa Concordia off the coast of the island of Giglio

  • On January 13, 2012, the great cruise ship Costa Concordia approached the picturesque Tuscan island of Giglio in a risky manner and settled on the rocks
  • The captain was blamed for the catastrophe in which 32 people died. He was also accused of cowardice and escaping from the ship during the rescue operation
  • The operation to lift the wreckage was the largest engineering project of this type in the world and was completed in September 2013.
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As the priest emphasized, helping hundreds of soaked and cold people who reached the shore by lifeboats and hosting them in the Church of San Lorenzo and Mamiliano near the port on the island was something completely natural for him.

He added, recalling late evening of January 13, 2012

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Costa Concordia

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Huge cruise ship Costa Concordia with over 4,300 people on board – passengers and crew – while on a Mediterranean voyage, he approached an island in Tuscany, deviating from the standard course to make the gesture there, defined as “bow”, that is, a greeting to a picturesque place, considered a pearl in this area. A 290-meter vessel approaching the island, hit the sea rock.

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The wreck of the Costa Concordia off the coast of the Tuscan island of Giglio

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A 70-meter gap was created in the hullthrough which water began to pour. The captain of the unit Francesco Schettino initially he tried to conceal the scale of the disaster and downplayed it in contacts with the harbor master’s office. Also fast he had left the deck, breaking all the rules of sailing. Chaos delayed the start of the evacuation. The ship heeled and then ran aground. 32 people died in the crash. Captain Schettino was then sentenced to 16 years in prison.


Captain Francesco Schettino

On the tenth anniversary of that night, Father Lorenzo Pasquotti said: “I opened the church and we welcomed those who arrived ashore; there were many Italians, but also foreigners from different parts of the world. Suddenly, our church was crowded with people from such distant places and in the same situation – they were chilled, scared, worried about other passengers, soaked on a cold January night“.

“Everyone,” he added, “ended up on a small island that had never experienced such a crisis before.”


Costa Concordia hull damage

“Looking at them, I felt that this was an expression of the maternal protection of the Church, which helps those who need it, where there is suffering” – emphasized Father Pasquotti.

“By helping them with these simple gestures, we did not feel like heroes, I want to make it clear. We did something normal; what had to be done at that moment” – the 71-year-old priest remarked. He pointed out that Many inhabitants of Giglio participated in the rescue operationwho brought warm clothes, drinks and food to the parish.


“There were even those who stepped aboard the tilting and watering ship to help people get off it. These are beautiful gestures, but at the same time something that had to be done. There are people in need, you have to meet them right away, not You do not say at a time like this: this is not my job, you are going to help and that’s it, “Father Pasquotti said. “And I did not do much” – he added.

Father Lorenzo then said: “In the first two or three years after the catastrophe, I had contacts with survivors whom we welcomed in the church. Some even returned to the island, came to church. They gave us the shoes and clothes that we gave them then. They also brought us sweets.” .

“Since we gave them biscuits and warm food in the church, they repaid them by bringing us delicacies from their homeland” – said the Italian priest.


Work on lifting and towing the Costa Concordia wreck

After the catastrophe of January 13, 2012, a team was created to prepare the procedure for the removal of the gigantic shipwreck of the Costa Concordia, lying on the shores of the island of Giglio, in the following months. The largest such operation in the worldfollowed by all media led by Nick Sloane from South Africa. There was uncertainty as to whether the wreck could be lifted and the hull would fall apart. This action was successfully completed in September 2013. Then the wreck was towed to the port in Genoa. Its disassembly took three years, until 2017.

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