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article imageCosta Concordia News: Couple to sue owners for 2 million Euros

By Marcus Hondro     May 26, 2014 in World
A British couple celebrating their anniversary onboard the Costa Concordia on January 13, 2012 say they will launch a lawsuit against the owners. John and Mandy Rodford want the company to "suffer" like they say that they've suffered.
The two were rescued from the cruise ship that night, taken off by lifeboat, Mandy Rodford told a court in Grosseto, Italy Monday, but not before they were traumatized by the events that unfolded around them.
She said the owners of the ship, the British-American owned Costa Crociere (trading as Costa Cruises) should pay for their trauma. "Costa Crociere has to suffer as we have suffered and continue to suffer," she said. "We nearly lost our lives."
Court documents say the two suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and John Rodford, who also testified, said the events of that night, including the lack of information given to passengers as the ship took on water and began to list, are to blame.
Francesco Schettino: charged with 3 counts
Thirty-two people died when the liner went too close to the shore of the Italian island of Giglio and hit a reef, which tore a massive hole in the hull. The Rodfords were testifying at the trial of the captain, Francesco Schettino, charged with causing a shipwreck, manslaughter and abandoning his ship.
He is alleged to have recklessly taken his ship off-course and too close to the island's shore in order to 'salute' a former colleague on the island. Denying full blame, he claims poor navigational maps and a subordinate are chiefly to blame for the disaster.
The Costa Concordia listed over with 65 percent going underwater and staying underwater for 20 months. Two companies, Titan Salvage of the U.S. and Micoperi of Italy, righted the 114,500 tonnes ship in September, using a process called parbuckling. The next step is to have it towed to a port for dismantling, which is likely to occur sometime this summer.
The Rodfords, who were celebrating their fourth anniversary on the cruise, say they are each suing Costa Crociere for one million euros (U.S. $1.35 million) in damages.
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