GIGLIO, Italy (WCCO/CBS News) — Friday marks six months since the cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground off the coast of an Italian island.
A reported 32 people died in the shipwreck, including Barb and Jerry Heil who were from White Bear Lake.
Evidence of the disaster still remains. The ship is still there on its side, exactly as it was when it crashed in January. CBS News reports that, as it’s the peak of holiday season for vacationers, the toppled cruise ship has become something of a sinister attraction in Giglio.
On Friday, there will be a prayer service and memorial along the shoreline for families of the victims and those living on the island.
Salvage teams are still trying to remove a huge piece of rock stuck in the hull before the ship can be turned upright and towed away.
The captain of the Costa Concordia crashed his ship onto the rocks and then failed for more than an hour to give the order to more than 4,000 passengers and crew to abandon ship. He is now facing multiple manslaughter charges.