Coast Guard, NTSB involved in Costa Concordia investigation
The Miami Herald
MIAMI — The U.S. Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board have recently joined the investigation into the deadly shipwreck of the Costa Concordia in January. The investigation, which is separate from the criminal probe, is led by Italian authorities.
The ship ran aground and capsized in Italy, killing 32 people, including two Americans.
While the U.S. Coast Guard contacted all 127 Americans who survived the wreck, interviewed those who agreed to answer questions and shared the information with authorities, a spokesman for the agency said this week that its real involvement begins now.
The Coast Guard said it “routinely” takes part in such investigations even if they happen overseas. According to the NTSB, the Coast Guard asked the agency to provide “investigative expertise during analysis of the factual information.”