A luxury cruise ship with 4,200 people aboard sunk near the Tuscan
island of Giglio, off the coast of Italy, on Friday, according
to reports. At least six people are said to have been killed, with
some reports indicating that eight may have died.
The Italian coast guard confirmed that at least three bodies have
been recovered from the sea, and several are feared dead with
an unspecified number of passengers still missing.
The AFP reports that passengers jumped overboard
in panic after the Costa Concordia began to tilt
after striking a coral reef near Isola del Giglio.
It isn’t immediately known whether all of the
dead are passengers or crew members.
"We were having dinner when all of a sudden the
lights went out. It seemed as if the ship struck
something and then we heard a loud bang and everything
fell to the floor," a passenger told Sky News.
”The captain immediately came on the tannoy and said
that there had been an electrical fault but it seemed
very strange as the ship almost immediately began to
list to one side. The glasses just slid off the table.”
The cruise ship reportedly left the port of
Savona at 7.pm., and was on its way to its
first port call in Civitavecchia when it
sunk at 9 p.m. local time on Friday night.
Cruise Ship In Italy Sinks: At Least 6 Dead So Far