Costa Concordia: In Search Of The Missing Bell, Symbol Of The Ship

16/03/2012 13:11

The stretch of water where the Costa Concordia sank two months ago has become the most supervised and inspected area of the Mediterranean.

Somehow it has also become the scene of a theft.

The ship’s 40kg bronze bell was stolen from the ocean floor, eight metres down.

The only divers allowed around the ship are rescuers, investigators and technicians working on the fuel recovery and who were also the only ones allowed to film and photograph the golden bell.

The Italian authorities report anyone not involved in the case needs to request a specific authorisation and has to be accompanied by authorised personnel to approach the ship.

Their primary interrogation is how it went unnoticed when it reached the mainland.

The bell was to remain on the Island of Giglio to remember the tragedy and commemorate the engagement of the rescuers and the commitment of the inhabitants of the island. For them, the disappearance of the bell has a very bitter significance.

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