The 32 victims of the Costa Concordia disaster have been remembered at an anniversary mass in Italy.
Ships horns blew and church bells sounded to mark the moment six months ago when the cruise liner ran aground off the coast of Giglio island with 4,200 passengers and crew on board.
The ship’s captain, who faces multiple charges in connection with the disaster, went on Italian TV earlier this month to apologise.
Erika Fani Soria Sanchez, from Peru, lost her sister in the disaster. She was one of the relatives to make the trip for the anniversary mass.
“It is difficult, it is still difficult because I’m living this for her. So coming here was not easy as the sadness of being without my sister is still with me and it’s hard for the whole family and also for me,” said Sanchez.
A part of a huge rock that the ship hit has been lifted out of the sea and is set to become a memorial to the victims.