Saturday, January 14, 2012

Italians launch rescue operation as cruise liner 'Costa Concordia' runs aground

About 1,800 passengers were being evacuated by lifeboat to a nearby Island from a cruise ship Costa Concordia off Italy on Friday last night after it ran aground off the coast of Tuscany.
Costa Concordia
The coast guard said in a statement: "At around 8:00 pm (1900 GMT) the 290-metre-long Costa Concordia cruise ship... began taking on water and tilting over by around 20 degrees."
"The passengers are not in danger, a rescue mission is underway," a coast guard at Giglio port told the AFP news agency. 

The vessel is one of the largest the 27-ship fleet operated by Costa cruises, which describes it as a "floating temple of fun" containing 1,500 cabins, 13 bars and five restaurants.

Updated: At least three bodies were recovered from the sea and at least three additional persons were feared dead, and helicopters were working to pluck to safety some 50 people still trapped aboard the badly listing Costa Concordia, said Coast Guard Cmdr. Francesco Paolillo, early Saturday.
Read more: The Guardian / 14 Jan updated: 10:23 AM PST
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