The Costa Concordia cruise ship capsized on Friday, January 13, 2012. There were 4,200 people on board the large cruise liner when the accident occurred. The captain of the ship is responsible for steering the vessel too close to the shore and ultimately striking large rocks.
Six people have been confirmed dead. It was previously thought that there were 16 people still missing, but that number has risen to 29 people, 25 passengers and four crew members. A large number of passengers were injured while trying to evacuate the boat. One crew member was injured with a broken leg and had to be rescued because he could not walk.
The cruise ship crashed right off of the coast of Giglio, Italy. The water it is currently sitting in is part of a dolphin sanctuary, and if any of the 500,000 gallons of fuel begin to leak there could be deadly consequences for the surrounding sea life. The search for survivors is still ongoing.
We are hopeful that the missing people are found safely and we offer our condolences to the victims’ families and friends during this difficult time.