January 14, 2012
The Costa Concordia ran aground Friday night off the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, sending water pouring in through a 50-meter gash in the hull and forcing the evacuation of some 4,200 people from the listing vessel early Saturday, the Italian coast guard said. Three people were confimed dead, and authorities were still searching for missing people more than 24 hours later.
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The terrifying, chaotic escape from the luxury liner was straight out of a scene from “Titanic” for many of the 4,000-plus passengers and crew on the cruise ship, which ran aground off the Italian coast late Friday and flipped on its side with a 160-foot (50-meter) gash in its hull.
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