The news that the Carnival Cruise ship has been raised from the shores of the islands off Italy are a triumph for residents and the survivors of the disaster. The ship has been grounded and 3/4 underwater for more than 20 months. But, what most news outlets aren't reporting is that the Costa Concordia disaster started with a stunt that was captured on Facebook.
Patrizia Tievoli posted on the night of the disaster that her brother would be cruising close to the islands off Italy's coast. Her brother, Antonolo Tievoli was a head waiter on the cruise ship. It is alleged that the head waiter asked the captain to cruise closer to shore so they could waive to family members on the island.
32 People Died in the disaster. The captain and several crew members are up for charges of manslaughter. The captain was one of the first people off the boat in the time of crisis. The recovery efforts are estimated to have cost $795 Million Dollars. In addition, the insurance losses are estimated to be over $1.1BN.
Oddly silent in this whole situation is Carnival Cruise Lines in Social Media. Their Twitter feed is happy-go-lucky about all of their other trips and sailings going on and there doesn't seem to be any mention of the recovery efforts or the situation at hand. A disaster started in Social Media continues by the brand.