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'A Rusting carcass’ – Documentary gets first glimpse inside stricken Costa Concordia

Brian O'Reilly

Published 21/12/2012 | 19:18

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A matress and show inside one of the cabins. Photo: CBS
The deck of the lopsided ship. Photo: CBS
Chlothing floats in the water. Photo: CBS

THE first images inside the stricken Costa Concordia will be broadcast as part of a new documentary to mark one year since the disaster.

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The massive liner remains marooned off the Tuscan island of Giglio, almost 12 months since the disaster which claimed the lives of 32 people.

Never-before-seen images have been released by American station CBS as part of the 60 Minutes programme, which will look at the salvage operation to remove the ship.

The new show used a variety of state of the art tools to get as close as possible to the shipwreck and give viewers a glimpse inside the sunken vessel.

Among the pictures shown include sun lounger strewn around the deck, as well as walkways so lopsided by the accident that work men now hang their tools on what was once the floor.



Captain Francesco Schettino is expected to face trial next year accused of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning the ship.

The Costa Concordia was carrying 4,000 passengers and crew when it hit rocks and capsized after captain Schettino allegedly diverted from his programmed route to perform a 'salut' manoeuvre.

If found guilty Schettino could face up to 20 years in prison.

Two people’s bodies have never been recovered from the wreck.







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