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Three Dead, 69 Missing After Cruise Ship Accident In Italy

10:56 AM, Jan 14, 2012   |    comments
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Porto Santo Stefano, Italy -- News reports say 69 people are unaccounted for after the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground off the coast of Tuscany.

Three bodies had been recovered from the sea by this morning. The ANSA news agency quoted the prefect's office in Grosseto as saying that authorities have accounted for 4,165 of the 4,234 people who had boarded the liner.

The ship is lying virtually flat with its right side submerged.
The grounding sent water pouring in through a 160-foot gash in the hull and forcing the chaotic evacuation of some 4,200 people.

Passengers complained the crew failed to give evacuation instructions and that a drill was only scheduled for this afternoon. Authorities still hadn't counted all the survivors.
The Italian Coast Guard says a painstaking search of the 950-foot ship's interior was being conducted to see if anyone might have been trapped inside.

Some 30 people were reported injured, most of them suffering only bruises, but at least two people were reported in grave condition.

AP

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