On January 13th, 2012, the Costa Concordia cruise ship hit a rock by the Isola del Giglio off the coast of Tuscany. The ship began to take on water, eventually falling onto its side. There were 3,229 passengers and 1,023 crew members on board, and in the chaotic scenes that followed as the boat collapsed into the sea, 32 people never made it off.
To mark the two-year anniversary, the Associated Press reports, survivors and locals alike held mass in the local church that welcomed in survivors after the disaster.
The enormous, 60,000-ton ship has been a grim reminder of the tragedy for the past two years, and even a morbid tourism spot. The hope is that 2014 will be the year that the ship is gone — in September a gruelling 16-hour “parbuckling” process moved the ship back into an upright system, and the current plan is to tow the boat away in summer for dismantling.
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