It has been 1 month since the Costa Concordia disaster struck, and still there are more questions than answers. For authorities, the questions center on who is really to blame for the disaster, the cruise line, the captain, or both. But for families of 15 people still missing from the cruise, the questions center around if they will ever see their missing loved ones again.
The 15 missing passengers, including 2 Americans, are all presumed dead. The search efforts have been nothing short of extensive, however they the search has been repeatedly called off due to dangerous weather conditions.
Still, the family members have not given up hope. A Washington Post article today quoted Kevin Rebello, whose brother is still missing:
“I haven’t lost hope yet, anything can still happen, a miracle. He may be injured, he may have lost consciousness, anything may have happened. I still have hope, I always have hope, hope is the last thing to die,” Rebello said. “I hope I will find him as soon as possible, to bring him home.”
With the legal wranglings just beginning, and the captain of the doomed ship, captain Francesco Schettino, still under house arrest, there will no doubt be several weeks and months before any real answers are known.
In the mean time, the relatives of those lost, and those affected by the tragedy, mark 1 month since one of the larges cruise ship disasters since the Titanic.