Costa Concordia anniversary

Today marks the first anniversary of the grounding and sinking of the Costa Concordia cruise ship off the coast of Tuscany, which killed 32 people.

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Survivors revisit wreck of Costa Concordia

Survivors of the Costa Concordia disaster have revisited the cruise ship that ran aground a year ago today.

Standing on the deck of a local ferry, many threw flowers into the water to remember the dead.

Relatives of victims stand on a ferry in front of the capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia outside Giglio harbour Credit: REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Salvage crew workers stand on a side of the capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia as they pay respects to the deceased Credit: REUTERS/Tony Gentile

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Heroic coast guard pays respect to victims

Coastguard officer De Falco at the ceremony to commemorate the first anniversary of the Costa Concordia shipwreck. Credit: Reuters

Captain Gregorio De Falco, the coast guard who ordered the Costa Concordia's disgraced captain Francesco Schettino back on to the sinking ship, is taking part in today's anniversary commemoration.

He said he wanted to go to Giglio to "embrace the victims, and the relatives of the victims."

Captain De Falco achieved hero status after his management of the situation, but said he has avoided speaking to the media since the disaster out of respect for the victims.

"I don't want notoriety for this tragedy," he told RAI state television.

Costa Concordia memorial plaque lowered into sea

The last piece of rock to be removed from the Costa Concordia was lowered into back into the sea today, complete with a memorial plaque to the 32 victims who died in the disaster last year.

The memorial plaque affixed to the last piece of rock to be removed from the Costa Concordia. Credit: Reuters

Survivors and relatives of the deceased watched from a ferry as workers lowered the stone into the waters off the Italian island of Giglio, where the remains of the wreck still lies.

Workers drop a stone with a plaque into the sea during a ceremony to commemorate the first anniversary of the Costa Concordia tragedy. Credit: Reuters

The ceremony was part of a series of events to mark the first anniversary of the tragedy. A mass was also held for the victims and a minute of silence is scheduled for 9:45pm - the exact time the ship struck rocks last year.

Mass held for victims of Costa Concordia disaster

Priests holding Mass for victims of the Costa Concordia disaster Credit: Reuters

A memorial Mass is being held for the 32 victims of the cruise ship Costa Concordia which ran aground on an island off the western coast of Italy a year ago today.

A minute's silence is scheduled for 9:45pm - the exact time that the cruise ship slammed into a reef near the island of Giglio.

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Report: Costa Concordia salvage 'over by September'

The Costa Concordia ship wreck will be removed from the island of Giglio by September at the latest, the head of Italy's civil protection agency told news agency AFP, on the eve of the first anniversary of the disaster which claimed 32 lives.

One year anniversary since the cruise liner Costa Concordia ship wreck. Credit: Reuters/Paul Hanna

Franco Gabrielli told a press conference on the island: "We are talking about a window for the removal between June and, if the weather conditions are adverse, September. This is a completely exceptional operation."

Four hundred salvage workers have been employed in the removal by a partnership between US salvage giant Titan and Italian salvage company Micoperi.

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