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Italy cruise ship disaster crew win award

2012-09-27 16:44

Rome - The crew of the Costa Concordia, the huge liner which capsized off the coast of Italy in January killing as many as 32 people, won the Lloyd's List "Seafarer of the Year" award for 2012, the ship's operator Costa Cruises said on Thursday.

The citation for the award said the crew provided "true examples of courage and professionalism" during the dangerous night evacuation of the ship after it was fatally holed by a rock off the Tuscan island of Giglio.

The ship's captain Francesco Schettino has been blamed for the disaster and faces charges of multiple manslaughter, causing the accident and abandoning his ship before the evacuation was complete.

"The 'Seafarer of the Year' award recognises the competence, heroism and professionalism displayed by the sailors every day," Costa said in a statement.

In the immediate aftermath of the disaster, some passengers reported acts of bravery and heroism by crew members during the evacuation while others complained that staff appeared ill-prepared, with many unable to speak Italian.

Experts appointed by Italian judges to help an investigation into the accident also criticised a lack of preparation among crew members.

The 114 500 ton Costa Concordia sank off the island of Giglio on 13 Jan after it came within metres of the shoreline and struck a rock which cut open its hull and caused it to capsize.

Comments
  • roger.kaputnick.90 - 2012-09-27 17:13

    Just like the Italians to hand out awards after a complete cock-up.

  • Anthony - 2012-09-27 17:29

    Roger he he he it's like the worlds shortest book 'Italian war heros'

  • danie.smit.587 - 2012-09-27 17:30

    And the captain, not a crew member ?

      johnwilliam.roberts - 2012-09-27 17:44

      HE WAS BUSY TRYING TO SHAG ONE OF THE OTHER CREW MEMBERS NO TIME FOR AWARDS MY BOET !!!

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-09-27 17:46

    Typical of the world these days- you mess up and you win a prize

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