Sirens sound for Italy cruise ship crash anniversary
Published on Jan 14, 2013 6:02 AM
GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy (AFP) - Boats sounded their horns off the Italian island of Giglio on Sunday in memory of the exact moment a year ago when the Costa Concordia cruise ship crashed in a tragedy that claimed 32 lives.
The poignant remembrance of the impact came after a candle-lit procession through the tiny port to the sound of ringing church bells.
It was the emotional climax of a day of commemorations on Giglio that brought together grieving relatives, traumatised survivors and residents who rushed to help on that dramatic night.
Families of the victims earlier cast flowers into the sea by the giant wreck, which still lies keeled over on its side as salvage workers attempt to right it, refloat it and tow it away.
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