Verona Man Recounts Costa Cruise Disaster

NJ Spotlight News | January 20, 2012 | People
Angelo Pezzino was one of the thousands of passengers on the Costa Concordia cruise ship that ran aground off the coast of Italy.

Angelo Pezzino of Verona, NJ, was one of the thousands of passengers on the Costa Concordia ship that hit rocks off the coast of the Tuscan island of Giglio a week ago.

Costa Cruises, owned by US-based Carnival Group, has blamed the ship’s captain for last week’s crash, in which at least 11 people were killed. Hundreds were injured and 21 remain missing.

Pezzino and his wife escaped injury, but the situation was scary for Pezzino who had never been on a cruise before. Pezzino described the scene as chaotic and disorganized. He also said the emergency alarms were sounded too late and blamed the captain for the wreck.

He sat down with NJToday’s Desiree Taylor to share his experience.

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