Belfast Telegraph

Friday 28 November 2014

Victims remembered as Concordia makes her final voyage to scrapyard

The wreck of cruise liner Costa Concordia is towed by tugs from Giglio into the open sea after being refloated yesterday
The wreck of cruise liner Costa Concordia is towed by tugs from Giglio into the open sea after being refloated yesterday

The Costa Concordia cruise liner has begun its final voyage, being towed slowly away from the tiny Italian island where it capsized in 2012, killing 32 people.

Sirens on nearby boats wailed and bells on the island tolled just before two tugboats pulled the Concordia away from Giglio's port, where the luxury liner ended up on its side after striking a reef when its captain steered too close to the island.

The tugs are taking the crippled ship on a four-day journey to Genoa, the north-western Italian mainland port where she will be reduced to scrap.

Accompanying the tugs and Concordia, moving at a speed of two knots, were several boats to check for any possible pollution in the waters, which are home to dolphins. The salvage master of the operation, Nick Sloane, told reporters he was nervous just before boarding the Concordia to monitor the final voyage.

"It's a moment for sobriety and sorrowful respect for those who are no more," Franco Gabrielli, the Italian government official monitoring the removal process said as he recalled those who died.

One person is still missing.

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