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Costa survivors mark anniversary

Survivors of the Costa Concordia shipwreck and relatives of the 32 people who died marked the first anniversary of the grounding yesterday with the unveiling of memorials to the victims, a Mass in their honour and a minute's silence to recall the moment the cruise ship rammed into a reef off Tuscany.

The day's events saw the return to the sea of part of the massive rock that tore a 230ft gash in the hull of the ocean liner on January 13, 2012. The boulder remained embedded in the mangled steel as the 112,000-ton vessel capsized along with its 4200 passengers and crew.

As fog horns wailed, a crane on a tug lowered the boulder onto the reef off Giglio, returning it to where it belongs and affixed with a memorial plaque. Relatives threw flowers into the sea and embraced as they watched the ceremony from a special ferry that bobbed under a slate gray sky.

The Costa's captain, Francesco Schettino, is accused of multiple manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and leaving the ship before all passengers were evacuated.

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