Italian navy divers approach the cruise ship Costa Concordia on January 17—four days after the luxury liner ran aground near the Italian island of Giglio. Capt. Francesco Schettino is accused of causing the wreck after navigating the ship dangerously close to the island, where contact with the reef tore its hull.
Seventeen people are confirmed dead, according to the Associated Press, which reported that Italian officials have now called off the search in the submerged part of the ship for 16 people who remain missing, citing safety concerns.
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"What I find most compelling about this frame is how the simple, uncluttered composition—with the bold, upright 'C'—at first conveys a sense of order. But as your eye moves toward the tilted stairwells and rescue boat, the panic and disorder of the tragedy is revealed."—Alexa Keefe, photography producer
"The tragic and widely covered story of the Costa Concordia seems succinctly explained by this one frame. Nothing is as it should be. At once the photograph confuses and alarms, as the viewer is faced with visual information that is literally turned the wrong way and made to realize the scale of the disaster."—Sarah Polger, senior photo editor