Cruise Ship in Italy (Costa Concordia) Pictured Like Titanic
Divers have been searching the submerged part of a luxury cruise liner that went aground off the Italian coast in case any of 70 people unaccounted for might be trapped inside, a coast guard official said Saturday, as passengers described a terrifying and chaotic evacuation.
The 984-foot-long cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground on the island of Giglio, Italy, killing at least three people.
Three people are confirmed dead. About 70 are said to be unaccounted for.
However, local official Giuseppe Linardi told reporters that some of those listed as missing may still be housed in private homes on the small island of Giglio – where those rescued reached land.
Italian, German, French and British nationals were among the 3,200 passengers on board. There were also 1,000 crew.
Some passengers were rescued by lifeboat, helicopters plucked to safety some who were trapped on the ship, and others jumped from the ship into the cold sea.
Some of the survivors are suffering from shock. About 40 people are being treated in hospital.
Coast guard captain Cosimo Nicastro told Italian TV that divers had carried out an extensive search of the waters near the vessel and found no bodies.
But he added that there still might be some “in the belly of the ship”.