Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Relatives visit shipwreck site

The Costa Concordia capsized off the island of Giglio, Italy, in January (AP)

Relatives of the 32 people killed in the Costa Concordia shipwreck have sailed to the Italian island where the cruise ship struck a reef six months ago to remember their loved ones.

The Concordia capsized near Giglio, an island off the Tuscan coast, on January 13.

Many family members arrived on Giglio on Friday for a memorial service that was to begin at 9.42pm local time, the time when the collision occurred.

Among them was Elio Vincenzi, an Italian whose wife is one of two victims whose bodies were never found.

Vincenzi said "human stupidity" took his wife from him. He was apparently referring to the Concordia captain who allegedly caused the wreck by steering the ship too close to the reef and then abandoning it while passengers were still aboard.

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