News24

70 missing from Italy cruise ship accident

2012-01-14 15:17

Rome - About 70 people are missing from an Italian cruise ship which ran aground overnight, but could be safe on the island of Giglio, near the scene of the accident, an official said on Saturday.

Giuseppe Linardi said on the basis of information supplied by the operators of the Costa Concordia, there were 4 234 passengers and crew on board.

"We have found 4 165, which is a difference of about 70 people," Giuseppe Linardi said.

He said a door-to-door search was under way on Giglio.

Comments
  • Squeegee - 2012-01-14 15:24

    Very sad. Hope they are ok.

  • Shirley - 2012-01-14 15:39

    Lets hope all are safe and sound!

  • Mike - 2012-01-14 16:17

    I am totally stunned - having worked on cruise ships for many years I am surprised that no life boat drill had taken place when the ship departed from Civitavecchia; and how with all the technology onboard they can sail right into a reef...

      Juan - 2012-01-14 16:51

      Is the Civitacecchia a modern ship? The Italian ship captians also have an excellent reputation. Many of them are captians on the American cruiseliners

      Mike - 2012-01-14 17:45

      @Juan,Civitavecchia is the popular cruise port close to Rome from which the vessel sailed prior to the incident. The ship is the Costa Concordia.

  • Piston - 2012-01-14 16:34

    Italian....must be the crew who went "missing"....maybe the surrendered?

  • Elsbeth - 2012-01-14 22:53

    Mike, even if they trained to use a lifeboat it would not have helped them. The lifeboats are under the water and at the angle the boat is lying it is a miracle that not more people died.

      Alon - 2012-01-14 23:35

      the boat didnt just hit the sandbank and keel over, there was two hours according to a report i read in which people just sat in lifeboats waiting dumbly for something to happen. seems like the crew either didnt take the training seriously, or they werent seriously trained. lets just hope theres no fatalities as a result of it!

      Mike - 2012-01-15 06:52

      Elsbeth - they waited 90 minutes to lower the boats, as the vessel did not tilt right away - a miracle that not more were hurt or killed.

  • pages:
  • 1