Rock embedded in the port side of the damaged hull of the Costa Concordia

The U.S. Coast Guard on Monday said that it will be part of the Italian-led investigation into the fatal grounding of the Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy which left 32 people dead, including two Americans.

The USCG says it will be joined by the National Transportation Safety Board in the investigation into the January 13th grounding and partial sinking. Evidence, timeline, analysis, conclusions, recommendations and a draft report are expected to be formalized over the next few months as part the investigation.

The Coast Guard and NTSB participation in the marine casualty investigation is consistent with international marine casualty investigation practices and with Coast Guard statutory authority in 46 U.S.C. 6101(g) and 6301. The USCG routinely participates in marine casualty investigations, including those taking place internationally, and says it places the highest priority on domestic and foreign passenger vessel safety especially for those that embark U.S. passengers in the United States and world-wide.

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