Tuesday 23 December 2014

Video: Divers' eerie footage from inside the Costa Concordia

Titanic-style footage has been released by Italian police divers as preparations begin to reflloat the liner

Pól Ó Conghaile & Eimear Phelan

Published 04/07/2014 | 16:49

Italian carabinieri have released eight eerie minutes of underwater footage from within the Costa Concordia. Several scenes are spookily reminiscent of James Cameron's recordings from the Titanic wreck.

Two and a half years after it capsized, Italian police have released amazing footage from inside the Costa Concordia.

The 950-foot liner, which ran aground off the Italian island of Giglio with the loss of 32 lives in 2012, has lain on the seabed since it capsized. The hull of the ship was righted last September, allowing police divers to record the extraordinary scenes.

Splashing into the water beside the discoloured wreck, the divers are seen swimming through eerily empty corridors and public areas, past shop fronts and desks with computers still standing, and floating by balconies on which sunbathers would once have stretched.

Paintings are slowly being turned green by algae.

Since the tragedy, the Costa Concordia captain, Francesco Schettino, has been on trial for manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship.

The liner will be refloated within 7-10 days and towed to Genoa, where it will be dismantled for scrap.

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