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Vladimir Putin boarded an underwater research vessel to make the half-hour dive to the wreck of the frigate, Oleg, which sank in the Gulf of Finland in 1869

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Vladimir Putin dived to the bottom of the Baltic Sea in a mini submarine to explore a shipwreck. The Russian president boarded an underwater research vessel to make the half-hour dive to the wreck of the frigate, Oleg, which sank in the Gulf of Finland in 1869. Vladimir Putin boarded an underwater research vessel to make the half-hour dive to the wreck of the frigate, Oleg, which sank in the Gul...

Italy will hold a state funeral for the migrants who died after their boat capsized close to the island of Lampedusa

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Italy has decided to hold a state funeral for the hundreds of migrants who died after their boat capsized close to the island of Lampedusa last Thursday. PM Enrico Letta made the announcement during a visit to the island with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. Jose Manuel Barroso pledged 30 million euros ($40 million) of EU funds to help refugees in Italy. At least 274 people, mos...

An Italian court has convicted five people of manslaughter over the deadly 2012 Costa Concordia shipwreck off Giglio

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An Italian court has convicted five people of manslaughter over the deadly 2012 Costa Concordia shipwreck off Giglio. The boat’s helmsman, cabin service director, two ship officers and the head of the Italian company’s crisis team were sentenced to up to two years and 10 months in prison for multiple manslaughter, negligence and shipwreck. Reports say they may avoid prison-time. The t...

Costa Concordia raising is one of the largest and most daunting salvage operations ever undertaken

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An attempt to pull the shipwrecked Costa Concordia upright – one of the largest and most daunting salvage operations ever undertaken – is under way. The operation was delayed for three hours because of an overnight storm, but began at 09:00 local time. Righting the ship is expected to take up to 12 hours. Engineers have never tried to lift such a huge ship so close to land. Thirty-two...

Italian coast guard has denied that it was slow to respond to the sinking of a boat carrying African migrants off the island of Lampedusa

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Italian coast guard has denied that it was slow to respond to the sinking of a boat carrying African migrants off the island of Lampedusa this week. The accusations were made by a fisherman who took part in the rescue and a local newspaper. So far, 111 bodies have been recovered, and 155 people survived, but about 200 are still unaccounted for. High winds have prevented divers from reaching the b...

The Swedish expedition team that found an unidentified object sitting at the bottom of the Baltic Sea has surfaced with more questions than answers and certainly no solution to its origins

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...oping for the former, and history seems to be in their favor. The Baltic Sea is a treasure trove for shipwreck hunters, as an estimated 100,000 objects are thought to line the cold sea’s floor. The company has created a submarine that they hope will appeal to tourists and wannabe shipwreck hunters who will pay to take a trip down to the bottom of the Baltic Sea to see for themselves.   R...

Francesco Schettino has released a letter, published in Italy's La Corriere della Sera newspaper, explaining his version of events

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Francesco Schettino, captain of the Costa Concordia ship which ran aground killing more than 30 people, has said a “divine hand” guided him, preventing greater tragedy. Francesco Schettino has released a letter, published in Italy’s La Corriere della Sera newspaper, explaining his version of events. The ship struck rocks and capsized near the island of Giglio, off the coast of T...

A state of emergency has been declared in Sicily because of the large numbers of African migrants it has to deal with

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A state of emergency has been declared in Sicily because of the large numbers of African migrants it has to deal with. According to the Italian navy, almost 300 migrants have been rescued from two boats near the island of Lampedusa in the waters between Libya and Sicily. The first, about 60 miles to the south of Lampedusa, was carrying 80 migrants, a navy statement said. The second, said to be at...

Captain Francesco Schettino has said he is sorry for Costa Concordia disaster

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Francesco Schettino, the captain of Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia, which ran aground killing more than 30 people in January, has said he is sorry for the disaster. In an interview on Italian TV, Francesco Schettino said he thought constantly about the victims. But he insisted others should also share the blame, saying the ship had been under the command of another officer at the time. Franc...

Costa Concordia has been freed from rocks, 20 months after it ran aground

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Engineering officials say they have succeeded in lifting the cruise ship Costa Concordia free of rocks, 20 months after it ran aground. Efforts to right the ship, one of the largest and most daunting salvage operations ever undertaken, are expected to last up to 12 hours. Costa Concordia has been detached from rocks and moved on to a platform constructed on the sea bed, officials said. Thirty-two...

Five more bodies have been found on the capsized cruise ship Costa Concordia

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Five more bodies have been found after more than two months since the cruise ship Costa Concordia capsized off the Italian coast. Italian authorities say the bodies were found outside the ship, in a small space between the wreck and the sea bed. Altogether 30 bodies have now been found since the vessel ran aground off the island of Giglio on 13 January. The Costa Concordia was carrying 4,200 pass...

The images of the Costa Concordia’s bell, taken underwater by divers soon after the vessel sank, became a well-known image associated with the disaster

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The Costa Concordia’s bell is reported to have gone missing, two months after the ship ran aground off Italy. An investigation has been launched into the disappearance, the Italian news agency Ansa reports. The images of the Costa Concordia’s bell, taken underwater by divers soon after the vessel sank, became a well-known image associated with the disaster. At least 30 people are beli...

The remains of Indian waiter Russel Rebello have been found on the third deck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship

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The remains of Indian waiter Russel Rebello – one of two people still missing from the Costa Concordia – have been found by Italian divers searching the wreck of the cruise ship, officials say. An Italian passenger, Maria Grazia Trecarichi, is still unaccounted for. Thirty people had already been confirmed dead after the Costa Concordia partially sank off the island of Giglio last yea...

The wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship in Italy will be removed by September at the latest

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The wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship in Italy will be removed by September at the latest, officials overseeing the work have said. It has been lying on its side off the island of Giglio, on the coast of Tuscany, since it capsized a year ago with the loss of more than 30 lives. Because it lies in a marine nature reserve, cutting it up could be hugely damaging to the local environment. Inst...

Francesco Schettino’s former lover Domnica Cemortan has revealed how she used to sneak into the Costa Concordia captain’s cabin

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Francesco Schettino’s former lover Domnica Cemortan has revealed how she used to sneak into the Costa Concordia captain’s cabin. Captain Francesco Schettino, 53, is on trial in Italy being charged with manslaughter after 32 people died in Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster last year. Domnica Cemortan, 26, was spotted dining with Captain Francesco Schettino on the night the doomed cruise liner c...

Last week more than 300 people drowned when a boat carrying African migrants sank off Lampedusa

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A second migrant boat with more than 200 people on board has capsized off the Italian island of Lampedusa and a rescue operation is under way, officials say. Italian and Maltese ships – backed by helicopters – are assisting at the scene. At least 120 people are said to have been saved, but bodies have also been reportedly spotted in the water. Last week more than 300 people drowned wh...

A pre-trial hearing over the case of capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship begins today in Italy

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A pre-trial hearing over the case of capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship begins today in Italy. At least 30 people are believed to have died when the ship struck rocks off the Tuscan coast on 13 January. Captain Francesco Schettino denies accusations of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship before all those aboard were evacuated. Francesco Schettino’s lawyer said he would not att...

Divers scouring the site of the Costa Concordia wreck off the coast of Italy have recovered what could be more human remains

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Italian officials have revealed that divers scouring the site of the Costa Concordia wreck off the coast of Italy have recovered what could be more human remains. It comes days after Italy’s civil protection agency said it had found remains that could belong to the last two missing victims of the disaster. All the remains have been sent for DNA testing. The cruise ship ran aground and parti...

Dozens more bodies have been recovered from the boat carrying African migrants that capsized close to the Sicilian island of Lampedusa

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Dozens more bodies have been recovered from the boat carrying African migrants that capsized close to the Sicilian island of Lampedusa on Thursday. Thirty-eight bodies were freed from the hull, which divers had previously been unable to access. The official death toll now stands at 232. Italian divers “unpacked a wall of people”, a navy officer said, adding that corpses were “so...

Divers working on the salvage operation of the Costa Concordia have found human remains near wreck

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Divers working on the salvage operation of the Costa Concordia, which crashed off the Italian coast of Giglio in January 2012, have found human remains. Two people have been unaccounted for since the night the Costa Concordia sank off the Italian shore in a disaster which claimed the lives of 30 other people. The 951 ft vessel was raised upright last week in a major salvage operation off Giglio i...

Toxicology tests revealed that traces of cocaine have been found on a hair sample taken from Francesco Schettino, the shamed captain of the capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship

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Toxicology tests revealed that traces of cocaine have been found on a hair sample taken from Francesco Schettino, the shamed captain of the capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship. Lawyers representing the survivors described the findings as “very strange” and called for Captain Francesco Schettino to be tested again. Toxicology tests revealed cocaine was lying on the hair sample and in the evidence...

Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster is raised to 16 after another body has been found inside the wreck of the vessel, officials say

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Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster is raised to 16 after another body has been found inside the wreck of the vessel, officials say. Salvage crews have begun preparations to empty the ship’s fuel tanks but officials say it will be days before the actual pumping process can begin. It is likely to take about four weeks to complete the operation. The Costa Concordia hit rocks off the Tuscan c...

Like a Titanic scene, lifeboats can be seen spilling from the sides of the ship into the gloomy waters off the island of Giglio as Costa Concordia cruise liner sinks into the sea

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Dramatic pictures, released this evening, show the aftermath of the Costa Concordia disaster as like a scene from the Titanic. Lifeboats can be seen spilling from the sides of the ship into the gloomy waters off the island of Giglio as Costa Concordia cruise liner sinks into the sea. Passengers can be clearly seen on the stardboard side waiting to climb aboard those lifeboats which haven’t...

Italian divers have found the bodies of two women on the wreck of the cruise ship Costa Concordia, bringing the confirmed death toll of the disaster to 15

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Italian divers have found the bodies of two women on the wreck of the cruise ship Costa Concordia, bringing the confirmed death toll of the disaster to 15. Italian authorities say the pumping of fuel from the stricken Costa Concordia can proceed in tandem with the search of the wreck. Costa Concordia ran aground off the Tuscan coast on 13 January with 4,200 people on board. It is carrying about 1...

The death toll of Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster is raised to 13 after divers have found the body of a woman in the wreck of vessel

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The death toll of Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster is raised to 13 after divers have found the body of a woman in the wreck of vessel. Italian fire service divers found the woman’s body on deck seven of the vessel, about 10 m below the water line, Italy’s Civil Protection Authority said. Rescue workers are still looking for 20 people who are believed to be missing. The ship sank on 13 J...