Cruise Ship Overturns
January 16, 2012 by staff
Cruise Ship Overturns, The captain of a cruise ship that overturned off the coast of Italy, killing five, blames faulty charts for the mishap. Maritime authorities, passengers and mounting evidence point the finger of blame towards the captain of a cruise liner that ran aground and capsized off the Tuscan coast, with accusations that he was showing off when he steered the vessel far too close to shore and abandoned ship before everyone was safely evacuated.
Divers searching the partially submerged Costa Concordia found the bodies of two elderly men still in their life jackets, bringing the confirmed death toll to five. At least 15 people were still missing. All Australian passengers have been accounted for.
The recovered bodies were discovered at an emergency gathering point near the restaurant where many of the 4200 on board were dining when the luxury liner struck rocks or a reef off the tiny island of Giglio.
The Italian news agency ANSA reported the dead were an Italian and a Spaniard.
Three survivors were found – a young South Korean couple on their honeymoon and a crew member brought to shore in a dramatic airlift about 36 hours after the grounding late on Friday.
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