Saturday, January 14, 2012

Costa Concordia Sinking after 4.200 Passengers have been evacuated

At least three people were killed and more than 4,000 passengers and crew were rescued last night after a packed cruise liner began sinking off the Italian coast after running aground.

Twenty-four 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 near the island of Giglio, off the Tuscan coast.

At least three people are believed to have died although earlier estimates suggested eight were dead.

The Foreign Office said it was not aware of any injuries or fatalities to Britons. Read More