MSC Cruises accounts for all SA passengers in Tunisia

2015-03-19 13:10
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Cape Town - MSC Cruises SA has released a statement following the attack on a museum in Tunisia on Wednesday, saying one South African was injured in the shooting, but all 78 South Africans on the cruise are accounted for.

The company said the MSC Splendida called the port of La Goulette, Tunisia on Wednesday, and offered a shore excursion to the Bardo National Museum in Tunis.

"During the visit at the museum, some of MSC Cruises’ guests were caught in the middle of a terrorist attack along with guests from another cruise line."

It remains unclear if any South Africans were on the other cruise and were caught up in the attack. Italian cruise company Costa Crociere announced on Thursday that 13 passengers who were on one of its boats were unaccounted for after the attack.

According to reports, 17 foreign tourists and two Tunisians were killed when two gunmen opened fire in the museum complex. Two attackers were killed by Tunisian security forces.

The department of international relations has yet to confirm if any South Africans were involved in the attack, saying it is waiting for reports from the South African embassy in Tunisia. Tunisian officials said on Wednesday night a South African was among the victims.

"MSC Cruises SA has confirmed there are 78 South Africans on board the MSC Splendida. All passengers are accounted for. One passenger was injured in the attack and was swiftly taken to a local hospital where she is receiving relevant treatment. Her husband has disembarked and remains with her. MSC has set up a local crisis team on the ground and is providing all necessary assistance."

The company said it implemented stringent safety procedures following the attack, recalling all passengers from shore excursions. Security was raised to Level 3.

Nine MSC guests were reported dead

"According to sources it would appear that of the victims, three were of Japanese nationality, two French, two Spanish and two were Colombian. The wounded, of which three Japanese nationals, one South African, one Belgian and seven French, are currently being treated in various hospitals.

"The MSC Splendida has now sailed for Barcelona with all South African passengers accounted for," the company said.

Both MSC and Costa later announced that they have suspended stopovers in Tunis. 

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