Will Bell Ring Again for Concordia?

Is there no depth to which our species will go in search of riches?

In the case of the person(s) who stole the bell from the Costa Concordia, the depth was only about 50 feet. Yes, somebody stole the bell.

It happened a couple of weeks ago and Italian authorities managed to keep it under cover that the bell was no longer under water. Then Sky News in Great Britain, among others, reported that the bell was missing, forcing investigators to fess up…and open yet another investigation.

The ship is resting on its side, on a ledge, off the island of Giglio in Italy. Its captain is under house arrest, its death toll is certain to reach 32 when the two bodies still missing are found, and its future is being inflated and towed intact — at a cost of almost $300 million — to the nearest major port, Genoa (A cheaper but less tactful and less environmentally sound solution would be dismantling the ship piece by piece where it rests).

And now it's lost its bell.

More than 50 years ago, a plane disappeared in the mountains of Western Canada one wintry night and wasn't found until spring. Soon after that, scavengers were climbing the mountains to steal what personal effects they could find from the 62 victims. More recently, bounty hunters reached the Titanic, deep in the Atlantic, to lift what riches they could.

That should have been the tip-off. There are no depths.

Photo: Sky News

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