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Costa Concordia survivors: 16 years is not enough

Two survivors of the Costa Concordia disaster have told ITV News they are unsatisifed with the 16-year prison sentence handed to captain Francesco Schettino.

Janice and Ian Donoff from north London said Schettino had committed a "total dereliction of duty" in abandoning the ship, and said the trauma of the crash had stayed with them.

However, they also questioned why Schettino alone was facing time in prison for the tragedy.

Five other officials had plea bargains accepted, while the ship's operator agreed a hefty fine.


Schettino may not serve prison sentence for years

Schettino was the only person to stand trial for the disaster. Credit: Reuters

Francesco Schettino, captain of the wrecked Costa Concordia, will not go to prison until his appeal is dealt with - a process that could take years.

The 54-year-old was sentenced to 10 years for multiple manslaughter, five years for causing the shipwreck and one year for abandoning his passengers, as well as a one month civil penalty for failing to report the accident correctly.

He stood trial alone after the ship's owners, Costa Cruises, paid a 1 million euro (£740,000) fine and prosecutors accepted plea bargains from five other officials.

Schettino and the company were jointly ordered to pay a total of 30,000 euros (£22,000) compensation to each of the ship's passengers.

Italian government ministries, the region of Tuscany and the island of Giglio will also be paid millions of euros in compensation for envionmental damage.

Costa Concordia captain broke down in final statement

Schettino broke down as he made a final statement. Credit: Reuters

The captain of the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship had broken into tears as he made a final appeal to judges ahead of the verdict in his trial.

According to the Associated Press, Francesco Schettino told the court in Grosseto that he was "a few hours from a verdict that should have involved an entire organisation and instead sees me as the only defendant".

The 54-year-old then reportedly said "that's enough", appearing unable to finish his statement to the three-judge panel.

Schettino was not present at the time of the verdict, in which he was convicted of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship while many of the 4,200 passengers were still on board.

Francesco Schettino claimed he was a 'scapegoat'

Efforts to right the Costa Concordia were only completed last year. Credit: Reuters

Francesco Schettino had claimed he was a scapegoat for the fatal ship disaster that saw him found guilty of manslaughter today.

As Emma Murphy reports, the Italian captain had said equipment and others were also at fault.

Schettino was convicted for his role in the 2012 disaster, which left 32 people dead after the vessel came too close to shore and hit rocks off the island of Giglio in Tuscany.

The cruise liner was only refloated in July last year, in one of the most expensive maritime salvage operations ever.


Costa Concordia to be scrapped two years after disaster

The wreck of the Italian cruise ship the Costa Concordia is to be scrapped two years after it sank killing 32 people.

The wreck of the Costa Concordia is seen outside Giglio harbour. Credit: ITV News

In one of the most expensive maritime salvage operations ever, the ship was towed to the Italian port of Genoa, close to where it struck a reef off the Italian island of Giglio in January 2012.

The ship's captain Francesco Schettino has denied charges of multiple manslaughter and abandoning ship, which could see him jailed for up to 20 years.

ITV News Correspondent Ronke Phillips has this report:

Costa Concordia to be towed away after nearly 3 years

The wreck of the ill-fated Costa Concordia cruise liner is set to be towed away after two and a half years underwater, off the Tuscan holiday island of Giglio.

The 290-metre ship was righted and secured in a complex operation last September.

With the arrival of the summer weather it is now due to be towed to Genoa to be broken up for scrap.

The cruise liner Costa Concordia is seen outside Giglio harbour.

Costa Concordia to be refloated this week

Work to the refloat the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship will likely begin on Monday after Italian authorities gave the green light for the next step in the largest maritime salvage in history to begin.

The Costa Concordia will likely be refloated this week. Credit: REUTERS/Max Rossi

Raising the 290-metre hulk from underwater platforms next to the Italian island of Giglio where it sank killing 32 people, should take six or seven days, the group organising the removal said.Then it is due to be towed to the northern port of Genoa where it will be scrapped.

The government's Civil Protection Department said that documentation submitted for the refloat of the defunct luxury liner was "valid", allowing it "to give the go-ahead for the operation.

The ship's captain, Francesco Schettino, is on trial accused of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship. He is fighting the charges.

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