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Jumaat, 20 Januari 2012

COSTA CONCORDIA CRUISE SHIP RUNS AGROUND OFF COAST OF ITALY

The luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia is shown run aground off the coast of Giglio in this Jan. 17, 2012 DigitalGlobe handout satellite photo. Eleven people are confirmed dead and some twenty are still missing from more than 4,200 passengers and crew after the Concordia ran aground two hours into a week-long cruise of the western Mediterranean.

The search continued for those still missing after the Costa Concordia luxury cruise ship smashed into a reef off the coast of Giglio, Italy, and partially sank last weekend. Eleven deaths were confirmed on Tuesday. The ship’s captain, Francesco Schettino, has been accused of manslaughter by prosecutors after he left the ship before all passengers were evacuated.


Rescuers surround the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia after it ran aground off the coast of Isola del Giglio island, Italy, gashing open the hull and forcing some 4,200 people aboard to evacuate aboard lifeboats to the nearby Isola del Giglio island, early Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. About 1,000 Italian passengers were onboard, as well as more than 500 Germans, about 160 French and about 1,000 crew members.

A handout aerial view taken and released on Jan. 14, 2012 by Italian Guardia de Finanza shows the Costa Concordia, after the cruise ship ran aground and keeled over off the Isola del Giglio, on late January 13.

The cruise ship Costa Concordia lies stricken off the shore of the island of Giglio as floating barriers are positioned to prevent pollution of the coasts on Jan. 18, 2012 in Giglio Porto, Italy. The official death toll is now 11, with some twenty people still missing. The rescue operation was temporarily suspended earlier due to the ship moving as it slowly sinks further into the sea.

A rescuer being lowered on the cruise liner Costa Concordia on Jan. 18 that ran aground in front of the harbor of the Isola del Giglio (Giglio island) after hitting underwater rocks on January 13. Emergency workers fear that the ship could slip from its resting place on a rocky shelf and slip into deeper waters.

Captain Francesco Schettino (center) of cruise ship Costa Concordia is escorted into a prison by police officers at Grosseto, after being questioned by magistrates in this still image from a video Jan. 17, 2012. Italian coastguards pleaded angrily with the captain of the stricken super-liner to return to his ship, according to recordings released on Tuesday as divers found five more bodies in the half-submerged wreck of the Costa Concordia. Taking the known death toll to 11, that some 24 people, including a number of German tourists, unaccounted for four days after the giant cruiser carrying more than 4,200 passengers and crew was ripped open by rocks off a Tuscan island. Schettino is accused of multiple manslaughter, causing a shipwreck by sailing too close to shore and abandoning ship before all his passengers and crew scrambled off.

Italian rescue personnel are seen atop the Costa Concordia cruise liner, two days after it ran aground off the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, Monday, Jan. 16, 2012. The captain of a cruise liner that ran aground and capsized off the Tuscan coast faced accusations from authorities and passengers that he abandoned ship before everyone was safely evacuated as rescuers found another body on the overturned vessel.

Firefighters on a dinghy look at a rock emerging from the side of the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia, the day after it ran aground off the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012.

A scuba diver rests on the rocks as he looks at the Costa Concordia cruise ship that ran aground off the west coast of Italy, at Giglio island, Jan. 18, 2012. Divers searching the capsized Italian cruise liner Costa Concordia suspended work on Wednesday after the vast wreck shifted slightly but officials said they are hoping to resume as soon as possible.

Rescue divers retrieve a body from the stricken cruise liner Costa Concordia off the Tuscan island of Giglio on Jan. 17, 2012. Divers searching for survivors inside a stricken cruise ship off the Italian coast found five more bodies on Tuesday, as prosecutors grilled the arrested captain over his role. The death toll has now risen to 11, leaving some twenty still missing of the 4,200 people on board when the ship went down on Jan. 13

A scuba diver inspects a side of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, seen underwater after it ran aground off the west coast of Italy, at Giglio island in this photo released on Jan. 16, 2012. Rescue squads used controlled explosions on Tuesday to enter a stricken Italian cruise liner in the increasingly despairing hunt for survivors.

A part of the Costa Concordia cruise ship is seen underwater after it ran aground off the west coast of Italy, at Giglio island in this photo released on Jan. 16, 2012.

Underwater photo taken on Jan. 13, 2012, and released by the Italian Coast Guard on Jan. 16 shows a diver inside the cruise ship Costa Concordia, after it ran aground in front of the Isola del Giglio harbor. Pier Luigi Foschi, head of the Costa Crociere line, said the company had commissioned several firms to look at the best way to salvage the 114,500-ton vessel lying on its side. The 290-meter (950-feet) long Costa Crociere, which is 17 decks high, has a large gash in its hull from running on to rocks before it capsized on Friday night.

Sunset on Jan. 16, 2012, over the cruise liner Costa Concordia aground in front of the harbor of Isola del Giglio after hitting underwater rocks on Jan. 13.

Carabinieri scuba divers inspect the interior of the Costa Concordia cruise ship on Jan. 17 through a breach in a window after the ship ran aground at Giglio island off the west coast of Italy

View of the wrecked cruise liner Costa Concordia on Jan. 16, 2012, in the harbor of the Tuscan island of Giglio after it ran aground after hitting underwater rocks on Jan. 13.

An helicopter evacuates Marrico Giempietroni, the Costa Concordia's cabin service director after he was rescued from the Costa Concordia on Jan. 15, 2012, after the cruise ship ran aground and keeled over off the Isola del Giglio, late on Jan. 13.

Oil removal ships near the cruise ship Costa Concordia leaning on its side Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, after running aground near the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, last Friday night. The rescue operation was called off mid-afternoon Monday after the Costa Concordia shifted a few inches (centimeters) in rough seas. The fear is that if the ship shifts significantly, some 500,000 gallons of fuel may begin to leak into the pristine waters.

Italian firefighters scuba divers approach the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia which ran aground off the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012.

View of the wrecked cruise liner Costa Concordia on Jan. 16, 2012, in the harbor of the Tuscan island of Giglio after it ran aground after hitting underwater rocks on Jan. 13.

A woman takes a picture of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that ran aground off the west coast of Italy at Giglio island Jan. 14, 2012.

A cruise ship that ran aground is seen off the west coast of Italy at Giglio island Jan. 14.

Passengers of the Costa Concordia arrive at Porto Santo Stefano on Jan. 14, 2012, after being evacuated from the cruise ship that ran aground and keeled over off the Isola del Giglio, Friday Jan. 13. The ship was on a cruise in the Mediterranean, leaving from Savona with planned stops in Civitavecchia, Palermo, Cagliari, Palma, Barcelona and Marseille," the company said.

Passengers of the luxury ship Costa Concordia that ran aground off the coast of Tuscany arrive on a ferry in Porto Santo Stefano, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. The Costa Concordia ran aground, gashing open the hull and taking on water, forcing some 4,200 people aboard to evacuate aboard lifeboats to a nearby island early Saturday.

Costa Concordia cruise ship that ran aground is seen off the west coast of Italy at Giglio island Jan. 14, 2012. At least eleven people were killed and rescuers were searching for other victims after the Italian cruise ship carrying more than 4,200 people ran aground and keeled over in shallow waters

A passenger from South Korea (center) walks with Italian Firefighters after being rescued from the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia which ran aground the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio.

This aerial black-and-white video image shot with an infrared camera and made available by the Italian Coastguard Tuesday Jan. 17, 2012 appears to show passengers of shipwrecked cruise liner Costa Concordia slipping down the belly of the luxury liner one-by-one using a rope to reach a lifeboat, bottom left, late Friday Jan. 13, 2012 off Giglio Island, Italy.

An image grab taken from Sky TV Italy shows passengers and crew members wearing life jackets as they prepare to evacuate the Costa Concordia cruiseship on Jan. 13, 2012 after the ship ran aground and keeled over off the Isola del Giglio after hitting underwater rocks.

A cruise ship that ran aground is seen off the west coast of Italy at Giglio island Jan. 14, 2012. The Costa Concordia, a large Italian cruise ship, carrying more than 4,000 people ran aground overnight, took on water and tipped over

Rescuers are seen next to the Costa Concordia cruise ship on Jan. 14, 2012 that ran aground off the west coast of Italy at Giglio island Jan 13. Passengers leapt into the sea and fought over lifejackets in panic when an Italian cruise ship ran aground and keeled over.

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