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Costa Concordia trial: Captain blames helmsman shipwreck in Italy

GROSSETO, Italy (AP) -- The captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia is hoping an Italian judge will grant his request for an inspection of the crippled cruise liner.

The trial of Francesco Schettino resumes on Monday after a two-month summer recess, during which a salvage operation made more of the wreck accessible.

The Concordia crashed into a reef, took on water and capsized when Schettino steered it close to the island of Giglio, off the Tuscan coast, in January 2012.

Schettino is charged with manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning the Concordia before all aboard were evacuated. Thirty-two people perished.


    View from the Coast Guard ship on September 18, 2013, of the wreck of Italy's Costa Concordia cruise ship after emerging from water, near the harbour of Giglio Porto. Salvage operators in Italy lifted the Costa Concordia cruise ship upright from its watery grave off the island of Giglio in the biggest ever project of its kind. The ship was upright for the first time since the January 13, 2012 tragedy, and led to applause and cheers in the port, in a dramatic climax to the massive salvage operation. Local residents and survivors spoke of an eerie feeling as the ship rose, saying the sight reminded them of the tragedy that claimed 32 lives.. AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)



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