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Friday 18 April 2014

Survivors recall Concordia tragedy

The luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground on the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy. (AP)

Survivors of the Costa Concordia are commemorating the second anniversary of the deadly grounding off Tuscany with a candle-lit march and a moment of silence in the courtroom where the captain is on trial.

Judges and survivors alike stood in silence inside the theatre-turned-courtroom where Captain Francesco Schettino stands accused of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning the Concordia before all passengers had evacuated. He says he is innocent.

The anniversary comes as the end of the ordeal is finally in sight for residents of Giglio, with June set as the date to remove the wreck from the island's port.

Giglio's commemorations include a Mass and evening candle-lit procession to mark the exact time that the Concordia slammed into a reef and capsized, killing 32 people.

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