Channel 5 documentary tells the story of the sinking of the Costa Concordia

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A two part documentary, The Sinking of the Costa Concordia, is broadcast on Channel 5 in the UK at 9pm on December 7 and 8 at 9pm.

Ten years on from one of the worst maritime disasters in living memory, this series tells the definitive story of the sinking of the Costa Concordia. Combining exclusive first-person testimony from survivors, rescuers and previously unseen footage, graphic reconstruction and expert insight, these programmes will tell the astonishing story of what happened on the night in forensic detail.

Expert comment is also provided by Solis Marine partner Captain Richard Meikle who was interviewed for the programme.

In January 2012, the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground, capsized and sank in shallow waters after striking a rock off the coast of Tuscany, with more than 4,000 people on board. While a dramatic rescue mission saved thousands of lives, 32 people would die in one of the biggest maritime disasters since the Titanic.

Captain Francesco Schettino, who abandoned his ship, was blamed and ultimately found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 16 years in prison. The cruise ship company Costa Cruises was also heavily criticised but did not face criminal charges.

Produced by ITN Productions for Channel 5, the series investigates how the Costa Concordia sunk and asks if it could happen again.

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Photograph copyright Channel 5 / ITN Productions

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