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Unthinkable, Unsinkable: Discovery Channel Examines The Costa Concordia Disaster

09 Feb 2012

It looked like something conceived on a Hollywood soundstage but for the 4,200 passengers on board the Costa Concordia the events of Friday, January 13th were all too real and terrifying. Now, Discovery Channel will dissect the anatomy of this devastating disaster at sea in a special documentary Cruise Ship Disaster: Inside The Concordia premiering on March 25th at 20.55 CAT.

What happened at the time of the accident? Just what role did Captain Francesco Schettino play? How did the crew evacuate the ship? What are the mechanics of searching the site while safeguarding the waters against environmental damage? And what lies next for the massive, unprecedented salvage mission.

Discovery goes beyond the breaking news and current headlines exploring whether salvage teams will even be able to save the ship and successfully dismantle its once mighty hull and frame.

Only hours after leaving port in Civitavecchia, outside of Rome, the luxury cruiseship ran aground just off Giglio Island. With 11 confirmed dead and 23 passengers still missing, the Costa Concordia is a huge human disaster but in the months ahead, it will be marked by epic engineering challenges. Discovery crews will be covering the teams charged with figuring out a way to salvage a shipping vessel larger than the Titanic.

"In this special documentary, Discovery will dig deeper to unravel the truth behind this disastrous event and also look at what comes next in recovery and restoration. As part of our continued commitment to offering our viewers a host of topical programmes, Cruise Ship Disaster: Insider The Concordia will piece together all the facts that surround this horrifying real life drama," said Lee Hobbs, Channel Director, Emerging Business, Discovery Networks CEEMEA.


About Discovery Communications

Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world’s #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in 210 countries and territories.  Discovery empowers people to explore their world and satisfy their curiosity through 130-plus worldwide networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Discovery Science and Discovery HD, as well as leading consumer and educational products and services, and a diversified portfolio of digital media services including HowStuffWorks.com. In Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, 10 Discovery brands reach 141 million cumulative subscribers in 105 countries with programming customized in 17 languages.

For more information please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.