Cruise Ship Sinks

Cruise Ship SinksThe cruise ship was 290 metres long, and had many luxurious facilities – including four swimming pools, a cinema and 13 restaurants. The ship was quite modern having been built in 2006 at a cost of 450 million Euros. It will probably be broken up for scrap now. There were four thousand two hundred passengers enjoying the start of their holiday when disaster struck. The captain of the ship, Francesco Schettino has been placed under house arrest pending an enquiry into what happened.  It would appear that the cruise ship was sailing too close to the coast when the accident happened.
All cruise ships have to have an emergency drill so that passengers know where to go and what to do if an incident occurs.  Unfortunately because the Costa Concordia had only recently started its cruise the drill had not taken place. Some people managed to escape using lifeboats. Others had to risk drowning by jumping into the sea and attempting to swim to land which was quite close. Sadly to date 16 bodies have been recovered and nearly 20 people are listed as missing, presumed dead. All the rescued people reported that unsurprisingly there was a lot of chaos and panic.
The disaster has happened one hundred years after the sinking of another very famous ship – the Titanic. On that occasion over one thousand five hundred passengers died when the ship hit an iceberg in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

Pete Miller