Cruise Ship ‘Tragedy’ off Italian Coast Kills Six People

Six people reportedly died and at least 16 are missing after the Costa Concordia’s hull was torn open after it ran aground off the coast of Italy.

A cruise voyage turned tragic when a ship carrying around 4,200 people went aground in Italy. The cruise ship ran aground near the Italian island of Giglio late Friday night, when passengers were either having their late dinner or preparing to go to bed.

Media reports say rescue operations are underway to help and save those who are missing.

A senior United Nations official today called for a thorough probe into the incident.

“In the centenary year of the Titanic, we have once again been reminded of the risks involved in maritime activities.” -Koji Sekimizu, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Mr. Sekimizu also expressed his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the tragic incident.

“Causes of this accident are still not yet established. We must wait for the casualty investigation and should not pre-judge or speculate at this stage.” -Mr. Sekimizu

He urged the Flag State administration to carry out the casualty investigation covering all aspects of this accident and provide the findings to the IMO.

Mr. Sekimizu voiced his appreciation to the Italian Coast Guard for their rescue operations over the night of the accident, adding that the IMO must not take this accident lightly.

The rescue workers worked through the night to help evacuate the 4000 plus passengers and take them out of the cold waters.

The cruise ship was owned by Genoa-based Costa Cruises and it made its first journey back in 2009.

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