Concordia operation success a source of pride for an Italy shamed by shipwreck

 

GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy — The extraordinary righting of the Costa Concordia  from its watery Tuscan graveyard has given Italy a boost of sorely needed pride,  helping erase the shame many felt after an Italian captain took the cruise ship  off course in an apparent stunt, crashed it and then abandoned ship before  everyone was evacuated.

It didn’t seem to matter that the chief salvage master was from South Africa  or that his 500-member crew hailed from 26 different nations. Italy, beset by  two years of recession and such political instability that each day brings  relief that the government hasn’t fallen, had pulled off an unprecedented  engineering feat as the world watched live on television.

“Well done!” retiree Aldo Mattera said Tuesday morning as he surveyed the  Concordia, upright for the first time since the Jan. 13, 2012, shipwreck that  killed 32 people near Giglio Island.

This entry was posted in News.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *