Success of Concordia operation a source of pride for an Italy shamed by the 2012 shipwreck

  • Article by: FRANCES D'EMILIO , Associated Press
  • Updated: September 17, 2013 - 4:25 PM

GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy — The extraordinary righting of the Costa Concordia from its watery Tuscan graveyard has given Italy a boost of sorely needed pride, helping erase the shame many felt after an Italian captain took the cruise ship off course in an apparent stunt, crashed it and then abandoned ship before everyone was evacuated.

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IHATELOGINS0Sep. 17, 1310:58 AM

A little bondo on that side, she's as good as new.

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trudgeSep. 17, 1311:42 AM

As a person, I'm sad for the deceased and hope justice prevails for any malfeasance on the part of the crew. As a mechanical engineer, the accident and subsequent salvage operation blow my mind.

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thome2011Sep. 17, 1311:42 AM

For some reason, shipwrecks have always fascinated me, starting with the Titanic. I am interested in seeing photos of the interior that will no doubt be taken in the months ahead. RIP to the victims of the disaster.

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PicklesSep. 17, 1312:02 PM

I don't understand why this is considered a source of shame for Italy. Blame rests squarely on the shoulders of one person - the arrogant and cowardly Captain who chose to steer the ship and his passengers into harm's way.

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joemamaswSep. 17, 1312:43 PM

I agree with previous posters Trudge and Pickles - I would really like to see a time-lapse of the "Lift". This salvage has fascinated me since the beginning. I hope the captain of the ship ends up in jail for a very long time. A land-locked jail would be best.

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DufferHSep. 17, 1312:50 PM

This operation isn't really unprecedented as the article states. The battleship USS Oklahoma was raised from the bay at Pearl Harbor using essentially the same method. The tone of this article is off the mark. This sinking didn't bring shame to Italy. It was the fault of one man and didn't reflect on the citizenry as a whole.

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yarnivekSep. 17, 13 1:08 PM

"Schettino has insisted that he has been made a scapegoat, and that a series of errors by others and his employer itself contributed to the disaster." Dude, you're the Captain. You have unquestioned legal authority at sea. That also means you have ultimate responsibility for whatever happens while at sea.

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bizsmithSep. 17, 13 1:59 PM

I'll have to disagree with joemamasw, the captain's jail should be chained to a rowboat in rough seas.

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matthiasoSep. 17, 13 2:18 PM

Shame of Italy? I agree with Pickles. This article is the shame of FRANCES D'EMILIO. If anything we should be shamed for our American owned ship that's been sitting on their shores for so long...

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ubetcha101Sep. 17, 13 2:32 PM

Job well done! Kudos to the engineers and workers.

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