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6 reported dead as cruise ship runs aground off Italy

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6 REPORTED DEAD AS CRUISE SHIP RUNS AGROUND

A luxury cruise ship with 4,200 people aboard ran aground off the Tuscan coast and at least six people were killed, the Italian news agency ANSA reported today. It said that the Costa Concordia ran aground a few hundred yards off the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio and that the passengers were being evacuated. The Italian coast guard told the Associated Press that at least three bodies had been retrieved from the sea. A statement from Costa Cruises, the company that runs the ship, confirmed that the evacuation of the 3,200 passengers and 1,000 crew had begun. Costa Cruises said the Costa Concordia was sailing on a cruise across the Mediterranean Sea.



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Times wires

6 reported dead as cruise ship runs aground off Italy

01/13/12 [Last modified: Saturday, January 14, 2012 12:19am]

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