Cruise Ship Runs Aground, 3 Bodies Found
Luxury liner shipwrecked off coast of Italy
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2012 5:24 AM CST
The luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia leans after it ran aground off the coast of Isola del Giglio island, Italy.   (AP Photo/Giorgio Fanciulli, Giglionews.it)

(Newser) – At least three people were killed as a luxury cruise ship carrying about 4,200 ran aground off the coast of Italy last night, report AP and the AFP. The 950-foot-long cruise ship hit a reef near the small island of Giglio near Tuscany around 8pm, opening a 160-feet gash in the hull. The captain tried to sail the ship into shallower waters to make it easier for passengers to escape on lifeboats, but became stuck on a sandbar about 18 miles from the coast. Three bodies have been recovered, though unconfirmed reports say others had died.

As the listing of the ship worsened, many passengers were not able to use the ship's lifeboats and had to be rescued by helicopter or by rescue ships. "It was like a scene from the Titanic," said one passenger. Because Giglio has a population of only 1,500, evacuees filled the small island's schools, hotels, and a church, and the mayor called on "everyone with a roof" to help house survivors.

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JoeQ
Jan 14, 2012 10:50 AM CST
Its kind of hard to believe anybody had to die. All they had to do was stay on board and wait. If you were below decks you just high tail it for the open sky. They need better evacuation drills.
RinoHunter
Jan 14, 2012 10:04 AM CST
Any idea whose cruise ship this is? They're doing a great job of covering up the bad publicity.
getoffmylawn
Jan 14, 2012 6:50 AM CST
Something is very wrong w/ the reporting on this story. One picture shows the ship up against a lighthouse. Another shows the ship right off the coast of an island, no lighthouse. The text states that the ship was 18 miles offshore. In the rush to make this story as dramatic as possible, the news orgs obviously have doctored pictures and simply made up story angles to fit preconceived notions. BTW....how the fuck?