Thousands Evacuated as Cruise Ship Costa Concordia Strikes Reef Off Italy – At Least Three Dead

Just two hours after leaving port in Civitavecchia, the cruise ship Costa Concordia hit a reef near the island of Giglio, off Italy’s Tuscan coast, reportedly ripping a 165-foot gash in its hull.  The ship began flooding and rolled on its side.  3,200 passengers and 1,000 crew were evacuated in a nightime rescue by lifeboats, local craft and helicopters. While there have been reports of six deaths, thus far only three bodies have been recovered. Divers have been brought in to search the flooded portions of the ship while the decks above water are being searched for missing passengers.  Over 50 passengers are reported to be unaccounted for.

Italy cruise ship Costa Concordia aground near Giglio

The 114,500 GRT ship is 950ft (290m) long, has a  beam of 118ft (35.5m) and has a capacity for 3,700 passengers on 13 passenger decks.  The ship is owned and operated by Costa Crociere, a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation.

Luxury Costa Concordia cruise ship runs aground

Thanks to Alaric Bond and Phil Leon for passing the along the news.

 

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14 Responses to Thousands Evacuated as Cruise Ship Costa Concordia Strikes Reef Off Italy – At Least Three Dead

  1. Kirsten Miles says:

    I cannot even fathom the work it took to rescue 4,200 people at night with helicopters and rescue boats. It makes one thing seriously about containing so many people on one vessel… At least the rescue was close to home and possible!!

  2. Phil says:

    Near the end of this ABC news video a woman says its “”like the Titanic without the water””.
    I think she means its like the Titanic without the ICE!
    http://youtu.be/QglTUgW6pVE

  3. Phil says:

    Is it even possible to right this ship or will she be cut-up for scrap?

  4. Maggi says:

    Just a reminder that when you leave the shore there is always the possibility of danger. Pray for all those in peril on the sea is not just words.

  5. will says:

    sad for the loss of life. half a billion dollars and less than six years old. second fatal mishap. poorly run? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costa_Concordia

  6. Rob D says:

    Look up from your instruments and see what’s outside the boat

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