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Saturday, January 14, 2012

At least three dead after cruise ship runs aground off west coast of Italy

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14th Jan,2012, Italy: On Friday night, an Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia that was carrying around 4200 people ran aground off the west coast of Italy. Three people have been confirmed dead.cruise ship picture

The Italian coast guard told in a statement that there were 1023 crew and more than 3000 passengers on the ship. Most of them have been evacuated by helicopters, lifeboats and other ships around. They have already been shifted to Giglio, a small island, and put up in homes, churches and schools.

In was around 10pm when the cruise ship ran aground off the Tuscan coast, near Giglio.

Ansa, an Italian news agency quoted rescue workers as saying that at least six people were killed and leaving numbers injured. The cause of their death was not known. Reports suggest that some passengers jumped into the water.

One passenger of that cruise ship told Ansa news agency that passengers were having dinner last evening, when they heard a high volume bang and they were told that the ship has got some electrical problems.

The Italian coast guard told that though the ship is listing on one around 20 degrees, yet it has no danger of it sinking.

Reportedly an evacuation practice session was scheduled for Saturday. Some passengers said that the ship crew was unable to give instructions on how to evacuate the ship.

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