Relatives mark shipwreck anniversary
By Ella Ide, AFPGIGLIO ISLAND, Italy -- Grieving relatives of the 32 victims of the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster laid flowers by the giant wreck under a leaden sky on Sunday at the start of an emotional commemoration on the Italian island of Giglio one year after the tragedy.
January 14, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
Salvage workers on a tugboat also used a crane to lower into the sea a piece of the enormous rock that the Costa Concordia crashed into and then tore from its base before veering sharply and keeling over with 4,229 people from 70 countries on board.
A ship's horn sounded out 32 times in memory of those who died, its blares echoing across the water as the rock slowly descended into the sea and tearful families looked on from another ship.
“I want justice for my family and for all the victims,” said Susy Albertini, mother of a 5-year-old girl who perished with her father.
Ten people are being investigated over the tragedy including the ship's infamous captain Francesco Schettino and three executives from the ship's owner Costa Crociere but no indictments have been handed out and a trial is still months away.
“This is very difficult for us,” said Maddelein Soria, 35, the sister of Erika Fani Soria Molina, a Peruvian waitress on the ship who perished.
“I feel as if I am with her again,” she told AFP.
Twelve of the victims on the luxury liner were from Germany, seven from Italy, six from France, two from Peru, two from the United States, one from Hungary, one from India and one from Spain.
Survivors of the disaster who came for the ceremony relived the panic of that night, when hundreds had to jump into the freezing waters, clamber down a rope ladder in the dark or be evacuated by helicopter after several lifeboats failed to deploy.