Costa captain sentenced

This item appears on page 44 of the September 2017 issue.

Italy’s highest court of appeal upheld a 16-year jail sentence for the captain of the cruise ship Costa Concordia on May 12. The captain, Francesco Schettino, navigated the ship into a submerged rock off of the Italian island of Giglio in January 2012 reportedly while trying to impress a woman in the wheelhouse. The vessel capsized and 32 people were killed. Schettino was convicted of both manslaughter and abandoning ship in 2015.