Scubadiving Thieves Evade Lasers and Coast Guard to Steal Shipwreck Bell

Posted on March 23, 2012

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On January 13, 2012, the Costa Concordia cruise liner hit a rock and capsized off the Tuscan island of Giglio. Of the 4,200 passengers, 25 were killed and 7 are still missing. Captain Francesco Schettino is being prosecuted for causing the accident, but now it seems another investigation must be opened, because thieves have evaded lasers and stolen the ship’s bell.

The Costa Concordia was under 24-hour surveillance by the Italian coast guard and police and had protective laser systems. The lasers reportedly measure “millimetric shifts in the shipwreck,” but were dodged by the underwater thieves.

Etched into the bell was the ship’s name, “Costa Concordia,” with the year it was christened, “2006”. Traditionally, ship bells were used to indicate the time aboard a ship, but the number of strikes of the bell does not correlate with the number of the hours. Instead, a strike is given for each half-hour of a four-hour watch duty.

Read the full article Thieves nab bell from Costa Concordia shipwreck on MSNBC.

Thanks to Kristina Bauer for her assistance with this post.

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