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    Costa Concordia Disaster Tourism


    by NTDTelevision

    The site of the Costa Concordia disaster, where the cruise ship ran aground and 32 people died, has become a grim tourist destination.

    Those travelling to the Isola del Giglio now have the added option of passing by the wreckage of the cruise liner, still lying on its side over seven months after it hit a reef by the Tuscan coast. A boat trip only costs 10 euro per ticket.

    [Suzana Bina, Tourist]:
    "Today we have decided to take a trip to Giglio for the day to take my nephew to see one of the biggest tragedies of modern times, above all because it made a huge impression on him not just the tragedy but also how people behaved about it."

    The Captain of the ship, Francesco Schettino, has been charged with manslaughter and causing the shipwreck, along with abandoning the ship before the 4200 passengers and crew could get off.

    Some of the visitors noted the macabre nature of the site. A British tourist, Peter Davey, was asked if he would take photographs of the wreck.

    [Peter Davey, Tourist]:
    "No, no, no I don't think so, I think where people die is not really something to glorify."

    US company Titan Salvage, along with the Italian partner Micoperi, have been hired to recover the 114,500 tonne ship. Due to the sheer size of the task. they recently had to push back their timeline, with the job now expected to be completed in the spring of 2013.

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