Italy - Some alien marine artefucts were spotted bobbing in the waters amid reports an Unidentified Submerged Object may have goaded the stricken cruiser onto Giglio's uncharted rocks.
"Such craft are notorious for luring wayward vessels," an alien self-help 12-Step meeting claimed today as salvage experts probed claims a USO may have been trying to harvest the cruise liner's 'gas'.
"It's the extraterrestrial equivalent of siphoning off petrol," Italian MUFON sources explained on the News.
"Bastard crafts' lurk and pillage missions have been sinking vessels all round the world."
It's not known whether such theories will be used in court in any potential legal defence.
The Costa's captain is under investigation and the ship is unlikely to have been insured against extraterrestrial attack.
A Somali ex-pirate 'has blamed the Iranians' for failing to uphold contractual treaties with aliens 'which would have stopped this sort of prang in its tracks'.