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You Won't Believe What Song Played on the Costa Concordia as It Sank

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By now we’ve seen some similarities between the sinking of Carnival Corp’s (CCL) Costa Concordia and the infamous Titanic with respect to how chaotic the evacuations of each cruise liner were as panicked, life-vested passengers awaited instructions. We also noted that both disasters took place 100 years apart.  

But what must be one of the most ironic cases of life imitating art imitating life is that the theme song from the Twentieth Century Fox (NWS) movie about the 1912 shipwreck acted as the soundtrack of this real-life 2012 version. As the Costa Concordia smashed into underwater rocks off the Italian coast, Swiss survivor Yannick Sgaga claimed Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" from 1997’s Titanic was actually playing in the dining room of the restaurant where he and his brother were eating.

The brothers left their table to begin an evacuation that, in Sgaga’s words, was "a demonstration of incompetence, recklessness and irresponsibility."

“The images from the film Titanic are more realistic than you’d think,” Sgaga continued. “I couldn't get them out of my head.”

One might argue that, even on its best, safest day at sea, the one single song that should never be part of a cruise ship’s song loop is that particular Celine Dion ballad. It’s like playing United 93 during a commercial flight. Why would a cruise company ever want to invite the comparison to the deadliest passenger liner accident in history?

Should we also expect to find, years later in the Costa Concordia wreckage, a cartoonishly big blue diamond necklace?

Now, one week since the 114,500-ton ship ran aground and capsized, claiming the lives of 11 at least passengers, the search for the remaining 21 missing was suspended today due to safety conditions for the rescue divers.
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