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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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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.

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