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Iconic Bell ‘Goes Missing’ from Sunken Costa Concordia

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Perhaps everybody has heard about the tragedy of Costa Concordia – the flagship of Costa Cruises, which on Friday 13 January 2012 left the Italian port of Civitavecchia, heading north on an overnight voyage to her next destination Savona in northwestern Italy. Nearly three hours after leaving the port, the ship hit a rocky outcrop as it sailed past the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio. The tragedy took the lives of more than 30 people and there are people, whose bodies are still missing.

What we are going to report about the sunken ship is the missing of the ship’s iconic bell, weighing 10 kg and engraved with the name of the Concordia, as well as the year it was launched, 2006. According to the Huffington Post, Franco Gabrielli, of Italy’s national office for search and salvage efforts, said the bell mysteriously vanished several days ago.

The bell was at a depth of 8 meters (26 feet) and officials are baffled as to how it was stolen as there is a constant round-the-clock guard on the site;moreover an exclusion zone around the ship forbids non-emergency vessels approaching the wreck. There is also one more fact – the bell was secured with heavy duty bolts and  it’s easy to assume that it would have taken more than one person to take it. After the recovery and cleanup work was over, the bell was supposed to be given to residents of Giglio.

While the missing bell is believed to be stolen as a ‘morbid memento,’ there is a statue of Madonna from the Costa Concordia that was on-board, which divers took and gave to the church in Giglio, where it now resides.

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