The Italian cruise ship ran aground off the island of Giglio on January 13, 2012 after it hit rocks in the Mediterranean Sea and capsized.
Jan. 13 (News) – Italy held a ceremony on Thursday to commemorate the 32 victims of the Costa Concordia cruise line disaster 10 years ago.
The survivors of the disaster recalled scenes that occurred ten years ago during the ceremony on the Italian island.
“It’s very similar to the movie ‘Titanic’. People jumped on the lifeboats and pushed women and children down to get to them, “survivor Nate Lukes said on NBC’s Today Show.
More than 4,000 passengers and crew were on board when the ship’s captain hit a rugged reef and tore a 70-meter hole across the side of the ship.
Sea water streamed into the ship as the passengers desperately tried to flee in the dark.
Survivors remembered the chaos that followed when the ship began to sink. The ship was tilted to one side, making it difficult for lifeboats to fall into the water – many had to climb down an eleven-story rope ladder.
The ship’s captain, Francesco Schettino, is currently serving a 16-year sentence for multiple manslaughter and abandoning the ship after leaving the ship before all passengers were safe.
The Mayor of Giglio, Sergio Ortelli, said that the city council decided to celebrate the day called Remembrance Day.