Friday, 13 January 2012

Six dead' and thousands evacuated as cruise ship runs

Six people were reportedly killed and thousands evacuated from a luxury cruise ship on Friday after it ran aground andHolidaymakers were forced to flee the 1,500-cabin Costa Concordia in lifeboats when it hit a reef less than two hours after leaving port.

Some leapt overboard and swam to shore as the brightly-lit ship started to sink into the black waters near the island of Giglio, off the Tuscan coast.
Italian media reported that six people died aboard the luxury liner and others may have been injured as the coastguard struggled to rescue the few remaining passengers.

Pregnant women and young children were among the 3,200 passengers and 1,000 crew who made it to safety.
Passengers' dinner was interrupted by a loud boom at around 8pm and a voice over the tannoy initially claimed that the ship was suffering an electrical failure, before ordering everyone onboard to don life-jackets. began to sink off the coast of Italy.

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