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Gerald 'Jerry' Heil
Died In Costa Concordia Sinking

Carnival's Costa Concordia - January 13, 2012

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Gerald 'Jerry' Heil - Costa Concordia Sinking

Carnival's Costa Concordia - January 13, 2012

Time of Cruise Ship DeathGerald 'Jerry' Heil

Time of Death 9:45-4:00

Gerald 'Jerry' Heil, 69, from White Bear Lake, Minnesota, died along with his wife Barbara, 70, aboard Carnival Corp's, Costa Cruises' Costa Concordia when the cruise ship grounded off the coast of Giglio, Italy on Friday the 13, January 13, 2012.

Heil's body was not recovered in the rescue and recovery mission. A memorial service was planned by the family.

Gerald Heil retired from a job at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and was active in his church Church of St. Pius X where he taught religious studies.

The captain of Concordia took the cruise ship too close to shore, it grounded on a reef, ripping a massive hole in the hull of the ship, leaving a huge rock embedded in the hull. Lower compartments began to flood, causing the ship to list severely.