Dozens Still Missing From Cruise Ship

Three bodies have been recovered so far

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 14, 2012 7:36 AM CST

(Newser) – As of this morning, authorities in Italy said up to about 70 people remain unaccounted for after a huge luxury cruise ship ran aground and tipped on its side near the Tuscany coast, reports AP. It's possible that number could come down as authorities get a better handle on the evacuation of more than 4,200. Three bodies have been recovered from the water so far. Early quotes from survivors don't exactly paint a picture of organization aboard the Costa Concordia after it ran aground:

  • "It was so unorganized, our evacuation drill was scheduled for 5 pm," says a Connecticut woman. "We had joked 'What if something had happened today?'"
  • "Have you seen 'Titanic?' That's exactly what it was," says a Los Angeles woman.
  • "We had to scream at the controllers to release the boats from the side," says a South African man. "We were standing in the corridors and they weren't allowing us to get onto the boats. It was a scramble, an absolute scramble."
  • And this: One woman says a couple desperately handed her their 3-year-old daughter as they were losing their balance in the ship. "I grabbed the baby. But then I was being pushed down. I didn't want the baby to fall down the stairs. I gave the baby back. I couldn't hold her. I thought that was the end and I thought they should be with their baby." It's not clear whether they survived.

This aerial video image taken from a helicopter shows the luxury ship on its side.
This aerial video image taken from a helicopter shows the luxury ship on its side.   (Border Police)
Rescue boats approach the cruise ship.
Rescue boats approach the cruise ship.   (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
The luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia leans on its side off the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy.
The luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia leans on its side off the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy.   (AP Photo/Enzo Russo)
The luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia on its side.
The luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia on its side.   (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
The luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia leans on its starboard side.
The luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia leans on its starboard side.   (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Passengers of the Costa Concordia arrive at Porto Santo Stefano after being evacuated from the cruise ship.
Passengers of the Costa Concordia arrive at Porto Santo Stefano after being evacuated from the cruise ship.   (Getty Images)
Rescuers surround the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia after it ran aground.
Rescuers surround the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia after it ran aground.   (AP Photo/Giorgio Fanciulli, Giglionews.it)
The cruise ship early today.
The cruise ship early today.   (Getty Images)
Passengers of the Costa Concordia arrive at Porto Santo Stefano after being evacuated.
Passengers of the Costa Concordia arrive at Porto Santo Stefano after being evacuated.   (Getty Images)
Rocks emerge from the damaged side of a luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia.
Rocks emerge from the damaged side of a luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia.   (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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