Emotional vigil marks Costa Concordia shipwreck anniversary

At 21:45 pm (2045GMT) of the evening of January 13, 2012, the 114,500-tonne luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia capsized and sank after approaching the Tuscan island of Giglio to perform a manoeuvre close to the shore. Thirty-two people lost their lives during a chaotic night-time evacuation of some 4,200 passengers and crew.

Ending a day of commemorations to honour the victims which included a mass at a local church and flowers being laid on the sea where the ship hit the rocks, coastguard members carried a floral wreath followed by people holding candles in a procession along the shore and down a pier.

The procession ended by a monument that honours the victims below a statue of the Madonna, where priest Lorenzo Pasquotti prayed and blessed the plaque that lists the names of all who died. Pasquotti, who no longer lives on the island but did at the time of the disaster, opened up his church for the survivors to have a place of warmth and shelter.

At 2045GMT, to mark the moment the ship hit the rocks, boats in the harbour honked their horns in unison with ringing church bells.

German survivor of the shipwreck Susanne Mathais was crying as she described how she will never be able to forget what happened. She travelled to Giglio to pay her respects to those who had not been lucky enough to survive.

"Even after ten years, it always remains with me. Throughout my life I won't be able to forget it, and it is sad that so many people died..." Mathais said with tears in her eyes.

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