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€10 for boat tour of Costa Concordia wreck

€10 for boat tour of Costa Concordia wreck
The Costa Concordia off the coast of Giglio island, before being taken to north-west Italy. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Tourists can now pay €10 to have a boat tour around the wreck of the Costa Concordia, a new venture since the cruise ship was taken to Genoa in July to be scrapped.

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Just weeks after the Costa Concordia was dragged from Tuscany’s Giglio island, where it has rested since crashing in January 2012, the ill-fated cruise ship has become a tourist attraction in another part of Italy.

Tourists at the port of Voltri, north-west Italy, can now pay €10 to take their own mini-cruise of the wreck.

The boats go within 200 metres of the Costa Concordia as a guide recounts the story of the tragedy, Tgcom24 reported.

Thirty-two people were killed when the cruise ship struck the rocks of Giglio, leading to the world’s largest maritime salvage operation.

Francesco Schettino - dubbed “Captain Coward” for allegedly abandoning ship while passengers were still on board - is being tried for manslaughter over the deaths and could face up to 20 years in prison.

Despite the criminal case against him, Schettino last month gave a lecture to university students on best emergency practices.

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He has continued to assert his innocence, this week saying his should not be blamed for the crash.

“It was an accident, a cursed accident. Even today it’s a wound that’s difficult to heal. But they can’t place all the blame on me,” Schettino was quoted by Ansa as saying.

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