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Trophy
01-16-2012, 10:44 PM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/13/costa-concordia-luxury-cruise-ship-runs-aground_n_1205951.html


ROME (AP) — A luxury cruise ship ran aground off the coast of Tuscany, gashing open the hull and forcing some 4,200 people aboard to evacuate aboard lifeboats to a nearby island early Saturday. At least three were dead, the Italian coast guard said.

At least three bodies were recovered from the sea and at least three additional persons were feared dead, and helicopters were working to pluck to safety some 50 people still trapped aboard the badly listing Costa Concordia, said Coast Guard Cmdr. Francesco Paolillo.

Paolillo said it wasn't immediately known if the dead were passengers or crew, nor were the nationalities of the victims immediately known. It wasn't clear how they died. The Italian news agency ANSA reported that some people had jumped overboard in the scramble to evacuate the ship, which had just begun a Mediterranean cruise.

The evacuees were taking refuge in schools, hotels, and a church on the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, a popular vacation isle about 18 miles (25 kilometers) off Italy's central west coast.

ANSA quoted two Italian journalists who happened to be among the passengers taking the Mediterranean cruise as saying the accident happened during dinner hour.

"We were dining when the lights went out, and suddenly we heard a bang and the dishes fell to the floor," ANSA quoted one of the journalist-passengers, Luciano Castro, as saying.

"It was like a scene from the Titanic," another passenger aboard, journalist Mara Parmegiani, told ANSA.

Paolillo said the exact dynamics of the accident were still unclear, but that the first alarm went off about 10:30 p.m. (2130 GMT), about three hours after the Concordia had begun its voyage from the port of Civitavecchia, enroute to its first port of call, Savona, in northwestern Italy.

The coast guard official, speaking from the port captain's office in the Tuscan port of Livorno, said the vessel "hit an obstacle" -- it wasn't clear if it might have hit a rocky reef in the waters off Giglio -- "ripping a gash 50 meters (165 feet) across" on the left side of the ship, and started taking on water.

The cruise liner's captain, Paolillo said, then tried to steer his ship toward shallow waters, near Giglio's small port, to make evacuation by lifeboat easier.

But after the ship started listing badly onto its right side, lifeboat evacuation was no longer feasible, Paolillo said.

Five helicopters, from the coast guard, navy and air force, were taking turns airlifting survivors still aboard and ferrying them to safety. A Coast guard member was airlifted aboard the vessel to help people get aboard a small basket so they could be hoisted up to the helicopter, said Capt. Cosimo Nicastro, another Coast Guard official.

A statement from Costa Cruises, the company that runs the ship, confirmed that the evacuation of the 3,200 passengers and 1,000 crew had begun, "but the position of the ship, which is worsening, is making more difficult the last part of the evacuation."

Costa Cruises' statement did not mention any casualties, and said it had not yet determined the cause of the problem.

Costa Cruises said the Costa Concordia was sailing on a cruise across the Mediterranean Sea, starting from Civitavecchia with scheduled calls to Savona, Marseille, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Cagliari and Palermo.

It said about 1,000 Italian passengers were onboard, as well as more than 500 Germans, about 160 French and about 1,000 crew members.



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Anthem
01-17-2012, 11:02 AM
Oh my.

http://www.holdthefrontpage.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/ohdear-e1326813857504.jpg

Sparhawk
01-17-2012, 12:59 PM
Kinda related. Costa used to be one of the clients I worked on for SEM. Their budgets were small so they decided to go in house.

You just hate to see stuff like this happen. What a tragedy.

Trophy
01-17-2012, 01:53 PM
It's clearly not the ship itself and how it was built.

It was a human error by the captain who clearly had no idea what he was doing and had no purpose being a captain for a cruise line by just leaving his sinking ship carrying over 5,000 people.

I enjoy cruising and this hasn't changed my take on it.

Just a very rare and unlikely situation to happen again.

Trader Joe
01-17-2012, 02:17 PM
This was not an accident. This was gross negligence.

graphic-er
01-17-2012, 02:28 PM
It's clearly not the ship itself and how it was built.

It was a human error by the captain who clearly had no idea what he was doing and had no purpose being a captain for a cruise line by just leaving his sinking ship carrying over 5,000 people.

I enjoy cruising and this hasn't changed my take on it.

Just a very rare and unlikely situation to happen again.

Trophy, on your cruising experiences have you seen couples getting married on the actual cruise or at of the destinations? And does it look some what classy or special? Fiancée and I are looking for some cheaper alternatives an the traditional wedding.

Trophy
01-17-2012, 02:37 PM
Trophy, on your cruising experiences have you seen couples getting married on the actual cruise or at of the destinations? Fiancée and I are looking for some cheaper alternatives an the traditional wedding.

There's chapels on the ships I've been on through Royal Caribbean and I remember a wedding was being held on the ship and I also saw one on a beach we stopped at.

Mackey_Rose
01-18-2012, 10:51 AM
This was not an accident. This was gross negligence.

Clearly an accident.

It wasn't his fault he tripped and fell into that lifeboat. These things happen.

vapacersfan
01-18-2012, 10:54 PM
Clearly an accident.

It wasn't his fault he tripped and fell into that lifeboat. These things happen.

I heard today he is claiming he was thrown off of the boat.

graphic-er
01-19-2012, 09:24 AM
I'm not sure what precedent there is for his manslaughter charges. There is not an actual Maritime law that states a Captain must go down with the ship. The Captain is merely supposed to ensure proper evacuation of the ship. I'm not sure were manslaughter charges apply here. There is no way to know that if he stayed on the ship people would not have died anyway. Makes you wonder why anyone would want to be a captain of a large vessel.

Italian courts are truly messed up. I hope I never have deal with the Italian Police or Justice System.

Trader Joe
01-19-2012, 11:09 AM
Huh? I'm pretty sure the manslaughter charges stem from the fact that he drove the boat way too close to the damn island.

JBones19
01-19-2012, 01:45 PM
Check out this satellite image of the wreck!

http://www.universetoday.com/92740/deadly-costa-concordia-shipwreck-captured-in-stunning-image-from-space/