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Court hears how 32 died in Italy shipwreck

GROSSETO, Italy — The Italian court trying the captain of the Costa Concordia heard grim details Wednesday about how the 32 victims of the shipwreck drowned.

A court official read out the names of the deceased passengers and crew members, and described how each one died, quoting verbatim from the indictment of the Concordia's captain, Francesco Schettino.

Schettino is charged with manslaughter, causing the January 2012 shipwreck off the Tuscan island of Giglio, and abandoning ship with ''hundreds of passengers and crew still aboard," the official said.

The Concordia, on a weeklong Mediterranean cruise, speared a jagged granite reef when, prosecutors allege, Schettino steered the ship too close to Giglio's rocky shores.

The reading of the list of the victims began with the death of a Frenchman, Francis Servel, who ''not having found a place on the lifeboat, threw himself into the sea without a life vest." He was ''sucked toward the bottom of the whirlpool produced by the final flipping over on the right side of the ship, and then died due to asphyxiation."

Court hears how 32 died in Italy shipwreck 07/17/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 10:38pm]
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