Giglio brings default action against Costa Crociere

'Vast' damage to Tuscan island from January disaster

Giglio brings default action against Costa Crociere

(ANSA) – Grosseto, September 13 – The authorities on the small Tuscan island of Giglio, the site of January's Costa Concordia capsizing that claimed 32 lives, have asked for the company that owned the cruise liner to be placed in default, a lawyer acting on behalf of the local council said on Thursday. The municipality has brought a civil action against Costa Crociere in criminal proceedings stemming from the accident. "Together with the Pavia-Ansaldo law firm in Milan we will quantify the damages to the Giglio island community, which are vast," said Alessandro Lecci, the council's lawyer. The Concordia capsized after hitting a rock while sailing close to the island to 'salute' local residents in one of Italy's worst maritime disasters since the Second World War. Captain Francesco Schettino is being investigated on charges of manslaughter, abandoning ship, and failing to communicate with maritime authorities in the crash. The commander was dubbed 'captain coward' in the international media after recordings of a conversation with coast guards suggested he refused orders to return to the semi-submerged Concordia after leaving before evacuation operations had been completed.

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