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Thursday, 19 January 2012

The Costa Concordia Disaster...

The Capsized Costa Concordia Ship’s Missing Passenger Found Alive. 

On January 13, 2012, the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia sank partially by hitting a riff on the western coast of Italy in Tuscany. Of the 4,200 passengers and crew, at least eleven people were killed, including ten passengers and one crew member and 21 still missing. The situation is still ongoing. The ship is currently capsized off the coast and at high risk of falling into deeper waters and sinking.

A German woman presumed missing and still be trapped on board of Costa Concordia was found safe and sound on Thursday 1/18 in Germany – reports MSNBC. According to The Mirror, Gertrud Goergens walked into a police station in Germany to report her safety. Now, 21 people are still unaccounted for, including a Minnesota couple. 

"vigil of hope" was held Tuesday evening for Jerry and Barbara Heil in their town of White Bear Lake in Minnesota. According to CNN, a prayer service will be held Wednesday night at St. Pius X Catholic Church.
Five more bodies were pulled from the wreckage on Tuesday. The body of Sandor Feher, a 38-year-old Hungarian violinist who had been working as an entertainer on the ship, was pulled from the wreckage on Wednesday.
The Costa Concordia's surviving passengers from around the world have joined a class action lawsuit against the cruise line. A French couple is also collecting signatures for their suit against the tour operator.

Captain of the Costa Concordia, Francescino Schettino, currently under house arrest, was seen drinking and chatting with a young Moldovan woman only a couple of hours before the ship ran aground. Criminal charges including manslaughter and abandoning ship are expected to be filed by prosecutors. Schettino faces a possible 12 years in prison on the abandoning ship charge alone.

Italian rescue workers suspended operations early Wednesday after the ship shifted slightly on the rocks, creating concerns about the safety of divers and firefighters searching for the missing. The search was resumed on Thursday.

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