The crew of the Costa Concordia, the Italian cruise ship that partially sunk and grounded off the coast of the island of Giglio last Jan. 13, has been honored for heroism. They have been given the Lloyd's List 'Seafarer of the Year' award.
Thirty-two people died when the ship was taken too close to the island's shore by Captain Francheso Schettino, who was allegedly trying to show off for a former colleague on Giglio. Lloyd's List's website noted that the death toll might have been higher were it not for the actions of the ship's crew, some of whom lost their lives while aiding others.
"There were 4229 people on board the vessel at the time of the casualty," the website says. "And while the tragic loss of life caused by this regrettable incident will rightly be the subject of forensic investigations for some time to come, it should not be forgotten that without the skilled response of the majority of the crew, the loss of life could have been far higher."
Lloyd's List Seafarer Award
The 114,500 ton ship still lies 300 meters off the coast of Giglio and is being refloated by Titan Salvage. The Costa Concordia will be towed to a port and stripped sometime in the new year. Schettino awaits his trail on multiple charges including manslaughter and abandoning his ship.
Lloyd's List is a daily journal of shipping news from around the world and has published continuously since the 18th century. The Seafarer award is given annually for bravery and courage on the seas.