Our maritime attorneys here at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. have talked at length about the tragic Costa Concordia accident that killed 32 people. Although two years have passed since the tragic crash, the disaster still seems fresh, not only in our minds, but especially in the minds of victims and those who lost loved ones in the wreck.
There have been countless explanations offered for the crash, but the predominant theory is that Concordia captain Francesco Schettino was to blame. Schettino was reportedly the one that ordered the last minute itinerary change that ultimately led to the ship’s demise. And he wasn’t the last man standing on the ship. But while Schettino’s actions are questionable, should he be getting the brunt of the blame? At this point, is he being attacked unreasonably?
Let’s take a look at the facts.
The Costa Concordia accident occurred on January 13, 2012. Schettino reportedly decided to make a last minute call to change the ship’s itinerary in order to perform a maneuver called a “salute” that would bring the vessel closer to shore. In doing so, the Concordia struck a large rock and capsized off the coast of Giglio.