The captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship will be spending 16 years in an Italian prison. Francesco Schettino was convicted of manslaughter in the deaths of 32 passengers and crew members. The ship ran aground near Italy in January 2012.
Five employees of an Italian cruise ship that crashed off the coast of Italy have been convicted of manslaughter. The cruiseliner sank near the shore of Tuscany in January 2012. Among the 32 who died were Barb and Jerry Heil, who lived in White Bear Lake. Under the plea deal, the five employees were sentenced to prison time, but only two will likely serve time.
Survivors of the Costa Concordia shipwreck and relatives of the 32 people who died marked the first anniversary of the grounding Sunday with the unveiling of memorials to the victims, a tearful Mass in their honor and a minute of silence to recall the exact moment that the cruise ship rammed into a reef off Tuscany.
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A theater in Italy turned into a courtroom Monday, providing extra space for all those who needed to hear the evidence against the captain of a shipwrecked cruise ship.
Friday marks six months since the cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground off the coast of an Italian island.
CBS News has confirmed a White Bear Lake couple was among 30 people killed in the cruise ship disaster off the coast of Italy earlier this year. The bodies of Jerry and Barbara Heil were positively identified on Monday.
Italian authorities say divers searching the capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship have spotted four more bodies in a submerged section of a passenger deck.
The son of a Minnesota couple who were never found after last month’s Italian cruise ship disaster says he’s glad his parents’ suffering is over and that they were together at the end.
A memorial service is set for 10 a.m. Saturday in White Bear Lake for Gerald and Barbara Heil, the couple who have yet to be found after the Costa Concordia went aground in Italy.
A memorial Mass has been scheduled for a Minnesota couple who are missing in the Italian cruise ship disaster.
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The children of a Minnesota couple missing in the Italian cruise ship disaster say the waiting has become “an extreme test” of their patience.
This conversation is incredible.
The children of a Minnesota couple missing in the Italian cruise ship disaster are still waiting for word about their parents.
Family members of a Minnesota couple still missing after last week’s cruise ship wreck say they’ve been meeting in Italy with rescue workers.
Two sisters from Lakeville arrived back home to Minnesota on Thursday after surviving last week’s cruise ship disaster off the coast of Italy.
From turning out for blood drives to pitching in at homeless shelters, the Minnesota couple missing since last week’s cruise ship disaster in Italy could always be counted on to help out, friends say.
The children of a Minnesota couple missing since last week’s cruise ship disaster in Italy said Wednesday their parents are not among those passengers whose bodies were recently recovered.
Several Twin Cities travel agents told us cruises are often Minnesotans’ preferred choice for vacation. So, what’s keeping us safe at sea?
The Heils are long-time members of St. Pius X Catholic Church in White Bear Lake, and their friends say they go to mass nearly every day and are very active in prayer groups.
The White Bear Lake community gathered in prayer Sunday after learning that two of their own are among those missing from the Costa Concordia cruise ship that crashed and tipped over off the Italian coast.