Photo gallery: Shaken survivors arrive on Italy cruise disaster island
GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy (AFP) - Shaken survivors and grieving relatives of the 32 victims of the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster began arriving on the island of Giglio for a one-year anniversary commemoration of the tragedy on Sunday.
"It's terrible coming back here," one survivor, Clara Stara, said in the tiny Italian port where the giant hulk of a ship twice as big as the Titanic still lies keeled over on its side. "I've been anxious since yesterday and I hadn't felt any fear for a whole year," she said.
The 290m liner crashed into a group of rocks just off Giglio, veered sharply and keeled over just as many passengers were sitting down for supper on the first night of a Mediterranean cruise. There were 4,229 people from 70 countries on board.