A newly-wed couple who survived the Costa Concordia disaster have made an emotional return to the scene of the accident to thank locals who helped them. Residents of Italy’s Giglio Island, where the cruise ship foundered on rocks, helped the rescue effort, offering comfort and support to the victims.
Maria Cristina Meduri said she felt she needed to thank the islanders in person: “It’s to say ‘thank you’ to those people. Because they were… I don’t even know how to describe them, they were special, they were so kind with us,” she said.
Her husband, Fabio, lamented the fact that, in his view, the crew were not as quick to react as the locals. He said passengers were left onboard for one and half hours before being evacuated.
Scientists are continuing to monitor the stricken vessel for signs of movement. The operation to pump oil from the ship’s tanks continues amid fears it could slip off the rocks on which it is embedded.
The experts have already had to suspend their efforts on a number of occasions.