Cruise ship toll rises

2012-01-17 07:57

Rome - Rescuers found a body in the wreckage of the luxury liner Costa Concordia early on Tuesday, bringing to seven the death toll after it ran aground off the coast of Italy, daily La Stampa said on its website.

The body had not yet been recovered, the report said, quoting rescue workers. A further 28 people remained missing, La Stampa said.

The captain of the cruise ship that capsized off Tuscany made an unauthorised, unapproved deviation from the ship's programmed course, a "human error" that led to the grounding of the vessel, the chief executive of ship's Italian owner said on Monday.

The comments from Costa Crociere chairperson and CEO Pier Luigi Foschi ramped up the pressure on the captain, who already is under investigation by authorities for suspected manslaughter and as well as allegations he abandoned ship before the passengers were safe, violating the Italian navigation code.

The Costa Concordia ran into a reef on Friday night and capsized into the port area of Giglio, sparking a frantic evacuation of those onboard. Coast Guard officials have expressed concern that the ship might slip off the rocks where it is currently perched.

On Monday, the rescue operation was called off as weather worsened. Foschi said it wasn't because the ship had shifted but because divers heard "sounds" coming from inside and didn't know what was causing them.

  • Bob - 2012-01-17 08:19

    Moral of the story. Don’t sail on a vessel under a Greek Captain. History keeps repeating itself with their incompetence and their cowardice at the time of catastrophe!

      Nico - 2012-01-17 08:43

      Bob ITALY and Greece are thousands of KM apart !It was an ITALIAN captain !Moral of your Story : Don't make Incompetent comments before reading the whole article !

  • Shaun - 2012-01-17 09:04

    Bob - the Captain of the Ship is Italian

  • Greek - 2012-01-17 09:10


  • coeniekukkuk - 2012-01-17 23:38

    Here is an account of the events that followed the Costa Concordia striking a rock and sinking off the coast of Italy on Friday evening, written by the Guest Service Manager Manager of the Concordia, who joined the ship on the 13th of January, presumably in Civitavecchia. "Unfortunately I don't have my nametag to photograph, because I lost at sea, along with my camera! My name is Katia Keyvanian, I am The GSM (Guest Service Manager) embarked on the 13th of January to substitute my colleague on the Concordia. I can write only a few lines, as I have a train to catch to go home! I would love to be invited by Giletti, Mentana, Vinci and all the other journalists, who without knowledge of the facts and who without verifying their sources, only write nonsense! I wish I could respond to the flood of nonsense and lies that have been said! But for now, until I can say more I can only say this; 'We evacuated 4000 people in the dark, with the ship inclined on it's side, in less than two hours! Those who are "incompetent" are not able to do this. (Cont)

      coeniekukkuk - 2012-01-17 23:40

      (3) I have one thing more to add, before I miss my train ......... We worked for the guests, to save them, to take them to safety, if they are saved, it is only thanks to us alone, all the crew, who did everything. We do not want to be thanked, NO, we have only done our duty, but we do not want to hear all the nonsense, lies, and more lies, just to give you the "scoop" of these so called broadcasts.4000 PEOPLE IN TWO HOURS, IN THE DARK ... with the ship tilted, we took them WE, THE STAFF CONCORDIA TO SHORE. They did not go themselves in buckets and shovels themselves to the shore! We brought them!! I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the residents of Isola del Giglio, the mayor, who came on board, to verify the situation, (not knowing who he was because he did not have a life jacket!) Thank you with all my heart all, al...l the islanders who worked for all of us, with maximum availability, giving us their colorful blankets, some even knitted of crochet, looking for cell phone chargers, and so much more. Thanks to all of them. Now I'm off to catch a train and go home. See you soon. Oh, I forgot .... one more thing I would like to say "Shame on you!!""

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