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BREAKING NEWS: Massive evacuation underway after cruise ship starts sinking off Italian coast

Costa Concordia developed major electrical fault two hours after leaving port

4,000 passengers and crew, including several British holidaymakers, on board

By Nick Pisa

Last updated at 12:15 AM on 14th January 2012

A major rescue operation is under way tonight after a packed cruise liner with more than 4,000 passengers and crew on board began sinking off the Italian coast.

Several British holidaymakers were on the Costa Concordia which had left port at 7pm for a seven-day Mediterranean Cruise - but within two hours of leaving port, it ground to a halt in the sea with a major electrical fault.

Coastguards were immediately dispatched to the scene as terrified passengers were ordered to put on live vests and man life boats as the 290 metre luxury floating palace began to list heavily to one side.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-20...l#ixzz1jOFAirsL

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Man, those British holidaymakers have had a time of it lately - others are trapped in the blizzard in the Alps.

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I KNOW! I WAS SO EXCITED!

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:chuckle:

I hope they get off the ship alright.

That's a lot of people.

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I am standing by, awaiting updates.

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Funny, but it seems to have electricity...

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So..........when are the "Iranian Sub Torpedoes Cruise Liner" reports due out?

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Funny, but it seems to have electricity...

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And it seems to be right next to land.

:lol:

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I was just reading that article and it gets weirder and weirder.

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Il Capitano + Chianti = Mama Mia!

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It says they ran aground.

I thought they left port 2 hours ago.

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It is a very bizarre story.

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Were they aiming for the Lighthouse?

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So everyone's off the ship on the island it ran aground and there's no worry about the ship sinking 'cause it's parked on the beach.

:chuckle:

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And the holidayers are all in hotels on an Italian island.

How great is that?

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I bet the captain has a lot of assplainin' to do - like - HOW did you NOT see the ISLAND?

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It gets even stranger:

1:52am UK, Saturday January 14, 2012

Nick Pisa, Sky reporter in Rome

Two people have died after a luxury cruise ship carrying 4,200 passengers and crew is said to have run aground off the coast of Italy.

A major rescue operation was launched last night after the Costa Concordia began sinking near the island of Giglio, off the Tuscan coast.

A harbour master said it looked like it ''ran aground'', but Costa Cruises, which owns the ship, said it was ''too early to say what caused the incident".

Coastguard officials said two people had died but gave no further details.

Giglio's mayor Sergio Ortelli said he ''believed there were other victims'' although his claims were not confirmed.

As the ship began to list heavily to one side, coastguards were immediately dispatched to the scene while terrified passengers were ordered to put on life vests and man lifeboats.

There were reports of people having jumped into the water.

A helicopter and five other ships that were in the area were also used in the four-hour rescue mission.

Passenger Luciano Castro told Italian media: ''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 load bang and everything fell to the floor.

''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.

Another passenger Mara Parmegiani said: ''It was just like something out of the Titanic. You could tell straight away that the ship had hit something and no way was it an electrical fault.''

The Costa Concordia had left the port of Savona at 7pm local time and was sailing to Civitavecchia, its first port of call, when disaster struck at around 9pm.

Costa Cruises confirmed that 3,200 passengers, including several British holidaymakers, were onboard at the time along with 1,000 crew members.

A webcam on the company's website showed the position of the ship with a caption reading: ''Data transmission is temporarily suspended.''

Officials said the liner was listing at an angle of 20 degrees but it was not in danger of sinking.

They added that by 1.20am the evacuation of passengers and crew had been virtually completed.

http://news.sky.com/home/world-news/article/16148897

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...strange story. Why would they say it was electrical and how could electrical make the ship list to one side? Sounds like a bs story, maybe a cover up of some kind.

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