A Korean couple on their honeymoon, who had been trapped below decks on the cruise ship Costa Concordia for over 24 hours after the ship ran aground and sank in shallow water near the island of Giglio, off Italy’s Tuscan coast, were rescued yesterday. A third survivor; reportedly a member of the ship’s crew, suffering from a broken leg; was also found and taken by helicopter this morning to a hospital ashore. Italian officials now say that six crew members and 11 passengers are still missing out of the more than 4,200 people on board the cruise ship when she was evacuated. There are three confirmed dead among the passengers and crew.
The ship’s captain, Francesco Schettino, 52, has been arrested, and is being detained in the nearby town of Grosseto on charges of multiple manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship. The captain claims that the ship was on course but had hit uncharted rocks, an assertion vigorously denied by local authorities.