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Saturday, 14 January 2012

Three die as cruise ship runs aground in Italy

From Reuters
At least three people were killed and rescuers were searching for other victims on Saturday after an Italian cruise ship carrying more than 4,000 people ran aground and keeled over. 
A rescue operation involving lifeboats, ships and helicopters was continuing hours after the 114,500-tonne Costa Concordia hit a sandbar near the island of Giglio on Friday evening. Photographs showed a large gash along its side.

"At the moment, we have about 40 men at work and we're expecting specialist diving teams to arrive to check all the interior spaces of the ship," said fire services spokesman Luca Cari.
"We don't rule out the possibility that more people will be lost.
"This is difficult because the ship is enormous," Cari said, adding that it was lying on its side on the seabed and would probably not sink further.
Passengers said disaster had struck during their evening meal.
"We were sitting down to dinner and we heard this big bang. I think it hit some rocks. There was a lot of panic, the tables overturned, glasses were flying all over the place and we ran for the decks where we put on our lifevests," passenger Maria Parmegiano Alfonsi told Sky Italia television.
Police and passengers quoted on television spoke of some people jumping off the listing, 290-metre-long ship.
The multi-storey luxury vessel settled on its side, partly submerged, just a few hundred meters (yards) from the shore. Authorities declined to speculate on the causes of the accident.
"There will certainly be an investigation but at this stage it's impossible to determine exactly what happened," said Italo Spalvieri of the Guardia di Finanze in the nearby port of Livorno.
Many of the 3,200 passengers and 1,023 crew were taken to the mainland port of Porto Santo Stefano where they were given shelter in schools, churches and other public buildings.
The website of the ship's operator, Genoa-based Costa Crociere, had apparently collapsed under the volume of searches but the company set up a helpline to answer public enquiries. Costa said it would cooperate fully with authorities.
There was no word on the identities of casualties.
Most of the passengers were believed to be Italian but people of several other nationalities were thought to be on board.
"We are going through the list of passengers at a reception centre that's been set up but most of the passengers didn't have their papers with them of course, so it's been difficult to get full identification," an official said.


bloglord said...

linda is ds d entertainmemt news to liven us up after a tough week? my friend, kpa cha lukwa anya gi oh!
give us something tasteful jorrr!

Anonymous said...

it is part of the news ok ...God bless you linda

Anonymous said...

L̳̿Ö̤̣̇☺ː̗̀(=)))ː̖́☺Ö̤̣̇L̳̿. All na news na.

grace said...

ok read this on yahoo already! kia im in dat hating mood today sha :P

Anonymous said...

Ohhh you see, as much as going on cruises is much fun, I just can't do it because of situations like this

Anonymous said...

Ohhh you see, as much as going on cruises is much fun, I just can't do it because of situations like this

Anonymous said...

God help them

Anonymous said...

Too much money no good !!! "don ibro" said...

May their soul R.I.P

Anonymous said...

Can you guys deduce the coincidence btw the Titanic tragedy that occured in 1912 and this?

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May their soul rest in peace Amen.

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Chikaka said...

Anon January 15, 2012 12:33 AM; good call. LOL!

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