It has been a long 18 months for the Costa Concordia survivors, family of the victims and also residents of the Tuscan island of Giglio. In that time there has been a lot of planning as to how to remove the ship from her resting place and also to bring those at fault for the accident accountable.
We knew the former captain Francesco Schettino was to begin his trial once again, but what has shocked us is now the Costa Concordia is upright he is now asking for an exploration of the ship in the hope to shed more light as to what happened on that fateful night.
Schettino’s Lawyers have said if permission is given to explore the Concordia then they might be able to find evidence in the wreck. We cannot be certain what sort of evidence could be found to help Francesco Schettino in his case to fight for his innocence, but in another twist he has put some of the blame onto his helmsman suggesting he had failed to follow an order given to him to steer left.
While he did carry out the order, he took 13 seconds to do so, and it is this alleged delay that caused the ship to hit the rocks in the first place. We do not want to get into the legal side of things here, but the ship should have never been that close where all it would have took was 13 seconds between missing rocks and hitting them.
Schettino is not the only one asking for the Costa Concordia exploration now the ship is upright, because so is consumer group Codacons. According to a report on Reuters, many people close to the case said that while it is clear the former captain holds some of the guilt, it is strange why he is now the only one in court because it is clear other people were also at fault.