Francesco Schettino (left), the captain of the Costa Concordia, leaves court with his lawyer, Francesco Pepe, last month. A judge has ordered Schettino to stand trial in the wreck of the cruise ship last year. AFP/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A coast guard boat passes the Costa Concordia, as the cruise liner lies aground in front of the harbor of Giglio Island. Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The cruise ship Costa Concordia leans on its side off the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy. Gregorio Borgia/AP hide caption

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NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports

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