Concordia anniversary marked with candle-lit procession and prayer
Monday, January 13, 2014 - 00:56
Jan. 13 - Ships sound horns and church bells ring as second anniversary of the Costa Concordia disaster is marked with a candle-lit procession on Giglio island. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: Survivors and relatives of the 32 victims of the Costa Concordia disaster on Monday returned to the Tuscan island of Giglio to mark two years since the luxury cruise liner capsized.
An evening ceremony was organized in the island's small port to coincide with the exact time the Concordia hit a reef off Giglio shore on January 13, 2012.
In a somber candle-lit procession, the mourners marched from the port to a pier with the lit-up wreck as their backdrop.
At 2145 local time (2045gmt) church bells rang and ships sounded their horns to salute the dead.
The huge ship was carrying more than 4,000 holidaymakers and crew when it capsized. After lying on its side in shallow water ever since keeling over, the Costa Concordia was hauled upright in September in a complicated 19-hour salvage operation.
Officials last week said they aim to tow away the ship in June, which would make Monday's anniversary the last with the wreck still on the island.
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