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Costa Concordia: Where to Get the True Story

By now, you’ve undoubtedly seen the news: A shocking series of events unfolded last weekend when Costa Concordia struck rocks off the coast of Italy on January 13 and subsequently capsized. Eleven passengers have died, reports the Associated Press, and 29 people who were onboard the ship are still missing as of this morning. The Concordia‘s captain, who allegedly abandoned ship before all passengers had been evacuated, is currently in Italian custody.

There has been no shortage of coverage on the recent cruise catastrophe—including some conflicting reports and, of course, an overly sensational story or two. So where is the best place to get the truth about what happened on that fateful Friday the 13th? Below is a roundup of the best coverage we’ve seen of the Costa Concordia crash, including reports from industry insiders, jaw-dropping videos, and fascinating photo slideshows. If you want the scoop on the sinking ship, you won’t want to miss these five sound sources.

Cruise Critic

Our sister site Cruise Critic, which published up-to-the-minute news coverage of the story throughout the weekend, put together an excellent Q&A on the tragedy. The piece provides knowledgeable responses to questions like “How did the accident occur?” and “Is cruising safe?”

USA Today Travel

When we’re looking for the scoop on a recent incident, sometimes there’s nothing better than a good infographic. USA Today Travel published an informative diagram that depicts a map of the crash, along with ship facts and statistics about the passengers onboard.

The New York Times

The Gray Lady serves up a good amount of revealing coverage of the tragedy, including some enlightening visuals. Find a detailed map of the site of wreckage as well as a photo slideshow.

BBC News

Want to know more about the man charged with causing the Concordia catastrophe? Along with comprehensive news coverage and an infographic of the crash site, BBC News has a profile of Francesco Schettino, the doomed ship’s captain.

The Associated Press

Find first-person interviews of passengers who survived the Concordia crash, plus footage of controlled explosions on the ship (to create new passageways for rescuers trying to enter the vessel) on the AP’s YouTube Channel.

What do you think about the recent at-sea tragedy? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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