Survivors of the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster and relatives of the 32 people who died returned to the Italian island of Giglio on Sunday to mark one year since the luxury cruise liner capsized.
The solemn ceremony included throwing flowers into the sea, the placement of a memorial plaque and a vessel horn sounding 32 times to salute the dead.
Survivors told the news media they are still traumatized by the ordeal and the lack of leadership by the ship’s crew.
“No one told us what to do … we were scared of dying, like the people who did lose their lives, because of somebody else’s recklessness,” said Violet Morreau, a survivor from France.
“I remember the shock, we weren’t able to understand what was happening,” said Anna di Pavia, who was on the cruise with her husband and 1-year-old son.
The crowds observed a minute’s silence and a Catholic priest led a Mass to commemorate the disaster.
According to a report by Britain’s the Daily Mail, in the days before the Sunday ceremony, owners Costa Crociere sent a letter to all passengers who survived the capsizing, and asked them not to travel to the Italian island of Giglio for ‘logistical reasons’.
Undeterred, some of the 3,200 surviving passengers, and relatives of the 32 who lost their lives, were taken by boat close to the wreck.