Released as an exclusive of the daily Il Tirreno, the video shows underwater footage taken by a remotely operated vehicle (ROV). The letter H, on the lower left corner, represents the compass rose degrees, the letter D the depth at which the camera is moving. The time and date when the shooting occurred are also marked.
Operated by the ISPRA, Italy’s National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research, the robot filmed the submerged parts of the Concordia’s hull as it moved from the bow toward the stern along that part of the ship which looks toward the sea.
The footage was shot on Feb. 11, nearly a month after the ship ran aground the Tuscan coast of Giglio, Italy, killing 17 people and leaving 15 missing.
Underwater images of the capsized ship show a rather alarming scenario: the two pieces of rock on which the ship balances are now crumbling, while the hull appear to be have already deformed.
Near the stern, a deep crack on the rock supporting the ship, is clearly visible. The fact that no vegetation has grown within the fracture would suggest the crack did not occur as the ship capsized, but it was produced recently under the ship’s weight.
On the contrary, Franco Gabrielli, the head of the Civil Protection Authority, believes the footage is somewhat reassuring.
“It shows that a part of the seabed has got into the hull, basically increasing the ship’ stability,” Gabrielli said in a statement.
Credit: Video by Ispra; exclusive by Agl – Il Tirreno. Used with permission.
Narration by Rossella Lorenzi and Alan Bainbridge