The Costa Concordia was a luxury cruise liner that sank off the coast of Italy on Friday, January 13 2012. A total of 32 people were killed when the Costa Concordia hit rocks and listed, trapping people inside. The incident is officially Italys worst maritime disaster since WWII.
The Concordia started to be towed to land in July 2015, in a complex €100m scrap operation which is expected to last nearly two years. Now a series of never-seen-before photos of the wreck have been taken, providing us with shocking insight to exactly how much damage was caused when the ship hit the rocks that fateful day.
So what exactly happened that lead to the death of 32 people? Captain Francesco Schettino ordered the Concordia to be steered close to the island of Giglio as a salute. A combination of being too close to the underlying rocks and sailing too fast meant that the ship struck a massive rock.
The shocking photos show exactly how much damage was caused to the beautiful vessel, in photos that arent dissimilar to those taken of the Titanics wreckage.
After the disaster, Captain Schettino was arrested on preliminary charges of manslaughter in connection with causing a shipwreck, failing to assist 300 passengers, and failing to be the last to leave the wreck.
Amongst other negligences, the captain failed to remain on the ship until all passengers were safely evacuated. He and the second master both abandoned the ship while around 300 passengers and some crew were still on board. The coastguard commander ordered the captain to go back on board, which he did not, choosing instead to save his own skin.
The photos reveal beds that hadnt even had time to be slept in before the disaster occurred. The devastation is so massive that every room looks like a team of burglars has raided it for every penny its worth.
Mould and water damage fills the staff bedrooms, which are strewn with various items that got thrown about during the disaster.