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Emotions run high as captain returns to tragedy island

Residents of Italy's Giglio Island reacted with mixed emotions on Wednesday to the first return visit by captain Francesco Schettino since a tragedy in which 32 people on his Costa Concordia cruise ship perished. Schettino, who is on trial for manslaughter, arrived on Giglio on Tuesday and was expected to board the stricken ship on Thursday with experts from the court after being granted special dispensation by a judge.

Islanders shrug as Italy's shipwreck captain returns

Residents of Italy's Giglio Island reacted with mixed emotions on Wednesday to the first return visit by captain Francesco Schettino since a tragedy in which 32 people on his Costa Concordia cruise ship died. Schettino, who is on trial for manslaughter, arrived on Giglio on Tuesday and was expected to board the stricken ship on Thursday with experts from the court after being granted special dispensation by a judge.

Italy's captain Schettino returns to site of disaster

The captain of the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship, Francesco Schettino, returned to the site of the disaster for the first time on Tuesday after the judge at his trial ruled he could board the stricken vessel. Schettino took a ferry to Giglio Island off the coast of Tuscany in central Italy, where the giant ship has remained stranded since it crashed on the night of January 13, 2012 in a tragedy that claimed 32 lives.

Italy's captain Schettino returns to site of disaster

The captain of the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship, Francesco Schettino, returned to the site of the disaster for the first time on Tuesday after the judge at his trial ruled he could board the stricken vessel. Schettino took a ferry to Giglio Island off the coast of Tuscany in central Italy, where the giant ship has remained stranded since it crashed on the night of January 13, 2012 in a tragedy that claimed 32 lives.

Italy cruise captain to return to site of disaster

The captain of the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship Francesco Schettino will return to the site of the disaster for the first time on Thursday as part of the trial against him. The trial judge on Tuesday accepted a request from Schettino's defence that he be allowed to take part in a visit to Giglio Island by a group of experts working for the court. Judge Giovanni Puliatti said Schettino would be there "as a defendant, not a consultant", Italian media reported.

Italy cruise captain to return to site of disaster

The captain of the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship Francesco Schettino will return to the site of the disaster for the first time on Thursday as part of the trial against him. The judge at the trial on Tuesday accepted a request from Schettino's defence lawyers that he be allowed to take part in a visit to Giglio Island by a group of experts compiling a report for the court, Italian media reported.

Diver dies during Costa Concordia salvage works

ROME (Reuters) - A Spanish diver died on Saturday during work to salvage the Costa Concordia cruise liner, which capsized off the Italian island of Giglio two years ago, the company in charge of the salvage work said. The diver worked for the Spanish company UCS (Underwater Contractors Spain) and was involved in an underwater operation when the incident occurred, an official at Titan Micoperi said. Further details were not available.

Diver killed while working on Costa Concordia wreckage in Italy, reports say he gashed his leg

ROME - A diver died Saturday while working on the shipwrecked Costa Concordia, apparently gashing his leg on an underwater metal sheet while preparing the wreck for removal, officials and news reports said. Italy's civil protection agency, which is overseeing the removal of the Concordia from Tuscany's coast, said the diver hailed from Spain.

Obligatory psychological tests for Costa captains after Italy shipwreck

Costa Crociere, Europe's biggest cruise operator, introduced obligatory psychological tests for its captains following the shipwreck of the Concordia off the coast of Italy, one of its directors told a court Tuesday. "After the Concordia accident, Costa made it obligatory for the captains of its ships to undergo tests with a psychologist," said Maurizio Campagnoli, the company's industrial and employees relations director.

Captain 'refused chance' to return to sinking Concordia

An official coordinating the rescue from Italy's stricken cruise ship told a court Monday that the captain, accused of abandoning ship, refused twice to be taken back on board after making it safely to dry land. Captain Francesco Schettino, who is on trial for multiple manslaughter, insists that he slipped off the Costa Concordia as it rolled over after hitting rocks off the island of Giglio, and fell onto a lifeboat which carried him ashore.
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