Mum tells of cruise ship relief

Five have been sentenced after the Costa Concordia shipwreck (below) Rosalyn Rincon.
Five have been sentenced after the Costa Concordia shipwreck (below) Rosalyn Rincon.
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The mother of a Blackpool woman who was trapped in a shipwreck off the coast of Italy has spoken out after five men were handed jail terms.

Layton dancer Rosalyn Rincon was working as an entertainer on board the Costa Concordia when it ran aground off Giglop Island, killing 32 people.

Rosalyn Rincon

Rosalyn Rincon

Two officers, the helmsman, the head of cabin service and the head of the crisis team were given up to two years and 10 months in prison for multiple manslaughter, negligence and shipwreck.

None are likely to serve time in prison as sentences under two year are suspended in Italy, while longer sentences may be appealed or replaced with community service, judicial sources say.

Capt Francesco Schettino is being tried separately, on September 23. He is charged with multiple manslaughter for causing the shipwreck and abandoning the vessel with thousands still aboard.

Miss Rincon was performing in a magic show and was inside a magician’s box as part of a trick during the tragedy.

Her mother, Claire Rincon, said she had taken a year off from cruise ships after the incident, and was working at Legends in Blackpool until March.

Mrs Rincon said: “She said it was time for her to go back to the Med to dance again.
“These people probably won’t go to prison for what happened, and I think that’s right. I think the main person is the captain and we’ll have to wait until September for him.”

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