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  1. #1 Officials: 3 killed, scores missing after cruise ship runs aground off Italy 
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    By the CNN Wire Staff
    updated 8:27 AM EST, Sat January 14, 2012


    Rome (CNN) -- At least three people were killed and scores remain unaccounted for after a cruise ship ran aground near the Italian island of Giglio on Friday night, local emergency officials said Saturday.

    Rescue teams worked through the night to evacuate more than 4,000 people from the Costa Concordia, owned by Genoa-based Costa Cruises, after it ran aground off of Italy's western coast.

    Giuseppe Orsina, a spokesman for the local civil protection agency, told CNN: "We are verifying the different lists of passengers and staff that have been given to us from Costa and at the moment from 43 to 51 people are missing.

    "These people could be still on the island of Giglio, in private houses or in hospitals."



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    Reports are still coming in, and the investigation not even begun, but I have a sneaky suspicion that something is very wrong here......

    The ship probably did not 'go aground', as the reports say. The captain of this type of ship is not casually qualified, and the ship is not casually operated, and almost never ventures even close to sharp reefs and the like. There have been grounding cases, but usually it involves a shifting sand bar.

    That leaves a couple of possibilities:
    1) They hit a loaded container floating just below the surface. Containers ship lose containers all the time, and they are never recovered. They are hugely heavy, may float for years and have sharp corners.

    2) Terrorism.

    Personally, I hope they did go aground. Not that I want to see a career seaman go to prison for negligence, it's just that the alternatives are very, very bad.
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    Passengers on the ship said that they didn't even go through an evac drill. It was scheduled for today in the cruise.

    Sounds to me like this may have been due to negligence if their pulling crap like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Starbuck View Post
    1) They hit a loaded container floating just below the surface. Containers ship lose containers all the time, and they are never recovered. They are hugely heavy, may float for years and have sharp corners.
    Wow, just think of all the containers floating away from that ship right now that broke up off the coast of New Zeland pictured here: :eek:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...breaks-up.html
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    she wants to roll. but maybe the water is to shallow
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    It's 45ºF there right now. I thought that area was warmer than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by namvet View Post




    she wants to roll. but maybe the water is to shallow
    Holy crap that looks bad!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkgirl View Post
    Holy crap that looks bad!
    Yeah they are not really made to run sideways through the water, it may have been piloted by an economist.
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    [QUOTE=djones520;474991]Passengers on the ship said that they didn't even go through an evac drill. It was scheduled for today in the cruise.


    It's obvious negligence...how can the captain not see a reef or sandbar? Obviously sailing too close to land.
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