Costa Cruises Statement Regarding Costa Concordia Jan. 14 Update #2

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (Jan. 14, 2012, 12:30 p.m. EST) — This is the latest
statement issued regarding Costa Concordia by Costa Crociere’s Corporate
Communications Department. According to Costa, this is the last statement
that will be issued today, though updates will follow.
“I want to express our deep sorrow for this terrible tragedy,” said Gianni
Onorato, President of Costa Crociere. “I am only now able to speak on behalf
of Costa because, as you will understand, I have been at Isola del Giglio to
be close to the rescue operations.
“First, I would like to thank all the authorities, law enforcement and
volunteers who provided assistance to our guests and crew involved in this
terrible event.
“We are not at this time able to answer all questions because the authorities
are trying, with our cooperation, to understand the reasons for this incident.
“On the basis of the initial evidence — still preliminary — Costa Concordia,
under the command of Master Francesco Schettino, was sailing its regularly
scheduled itinerary from Civitavecchia to Savona, Italy, when the ship struck
a submerged rock.
“Captain Schettino, who was on the bridge at the time, immediately
understood the severity of the situation and performed a maneuver intended
to protect both guests and crew, and initiated security procedures to prepare
for an eventual ship evacuation.
“Unfortunately, that operation was complicated by a sudden tilting of the
ship that made disembarkation difficult.
“Thanks to the commitment of the agencies coordinated by the Coast Guard,
rescue operations have been continuing.
“From the moment we were alerted, Costa mobilized all its resources ashore
to assist our guests and crewmembers, and to prevent potential
environmental impacts.”
For information, friends and families members can contact the U.S. call
center at 800-462-6782.

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