Survivors mark 2nd anniversary of Concordia disaster

By Michelle Kapusta,

Survivors of the Costa Concordia cruise liner gathered in Italy Monday to mark the second anniversary of the wreck.

According to the Associated Press, survivors are commemorating the day with a candlelight march on Giglio Island and a moment of silence outside the courtroom where the captain of the ship is on trial. Relatives of the dead also gathered to throw a wreath into the ocean and attend a mass honoring the 32 lives lost that day.

On January 13, 2012, the Costa Concordia struck a rock in a reef in the Tyrrhenian Sea on the western coast of Italy. The contact tore a gash in the ship which then flooded parts of the engine room and caused power outages.

The cruise ship, under command of Captain Francesco Schettino, drifted back to Giglio Island and grounded in shallow waters.

An order to abandon ship was not given until an hour after the impact. Schettino is accused of not ordering that evacuation until it was too late to lower some lifeboats off the liner.

The vessel will be towed to a port to be dismantled in the coming months. The Daily Mail has reported that a British port is also in the running for the demolition job that many other ports are vying for. The contract is expected to be worth millions.

A candlelight procession will be held this evening at 9:45 to mark the exact time the Costa Concordia hit the reef.

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