Sounds heard inside stricken Italian liner

2012-01-15 10:20

Giglio Island - Rescuers heard sounds on Sunday coming from inside the stricken Italian cruise liner, a spokesperson said after the search for survivors went on all night.

"We heard sounds but there was no contact by voice," Luca Carli told AFP, saying the sounds were heard by rescuers at about 06:00 GMT.

A young South Korean couple on their honeymoon were discovered and rescued alive from a lower deck during the night, taking the number of people unaccounted for down to 39, local authorities said.

Carli said the sounds were heard from the vicinity of the liner's number three bridge.

Two French passengers and one Peruvian crew have been confirmed killed, apparently after jumping into the chilly Mediterranean waters after the Costa Concordia hit rocks late on Friday and began to keel over.

At least 42 people were injured, including two seriously - a woman with a blow to the head and a man struck in the spine, medical sources said.

Most of those hospitalised had suffered broken limbs or had hypothermia.

The disaster happened just hours after the ship had left the port of Civitavecchia near Rome at the start of a Mediterranean cruise that was meant to take it to Savona in northwest Italy and then on to Marseille and Barcelona.

  • Lyndatjie - 2012-01-15 10:39

    I hope its people that they can still rescue -- maybe they are down too far to hear the actualy voices. Metal carries a lot further than a human voice... Lets hope and pray

  • Anthony - 2012-01-15 11:10

    good luck to them

  • Ingrid - 2012-01-15 11:59

    I hope the skipper of this vessel is brought to justice.

  • toibry - 2012-01-15 22:36

    Why do the nations rage and the people's plot in vain?

  • ReunionofIntelligentMinds - 2012-01-15 22:53

    I foresee HUGE lawsuits coming their way.

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