Britons to fight for compensation as Concordia captain begins jail sentence

Britons to fight for compensation as Concordia captain begins jail sentence

Britons caught on the sinking Costa Concordia have vowed to continue their fight for compensation after the captain of the ship was jailed of manslaughter.

Concordia has over 4,000 passengers on board when it struck rocks off the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, in 2012, sinking with the loss of 32 lives.

Ship capital Francesco Schettino was found guilty of manslaughter, for causing the shipwreck and for abandoning passengers, and sentenced to 16 years in prison by Italian courts.

He received ten years for multiple manslaughter, five for causing a shipwreck, and one for abandoning passengers as the ship sank.

Investigators severely criticised his handling of the disaster.

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Schettino was accused of bringing the 290 metre-long vessel too close to shore when it struck rocks.

British victims are seeking damages through the Italian courts for injuries and psychological effects of the disaster.

Some of the four passengers and six British crew say they have suffered nightmares and flashbacks, while others say they were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The wreckage of the vessel was refloated and removed from the scene in late 2014.