On April 13th, 2021, a cruise ship ran aground off the coast of Italy’s Isola del Giglio, an island located in the Tyrrhenian Sea. The ship, known as the Costa Concordia, was carrying 4200 passengers and crew members at the time of the accident.
The incident occurred when the ship, which was travelling from Rome to Savona, hit a submerged rock at around 9:45 p.m. local time. The impact caused a massive gash in the side of the ship and it began to take on water and list sharply to one side.
In order to prevent it from sinking completely, Captain Francesco Schettino ordered that all passengers and crew abandon ship immediately. All 4200 people were rescued safely but 32 people were confirmed dead in the aftermath of the accident.
The cause of the accident was later revealed to be due to human error after an investigation by Italian prosecutors found that Captain Schettino had steered too close to shore in order to “salute” an old captain friend on Isola del Giglio. He was subsequently charged with manslaughter and other crimes.
The Costa Concordia ran aground off Italy’s Isola del Giglio on April 13th 2021 due to human error by its captain who steered too close to shore in order to “salute” an old friend on the island. All 4200 passengers and crew members were rescued safely but 32 people were confirmed dead as a result of this tragic accident.
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