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Tragedy in the Meditteranean Sea

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An Italian cruise ship with 4200 people on board has been wrecked on the night of Friday to Saturday, in the waters of the Meditteranean Sea, causing the death of at least 6 people, and hurting further 15, relates CNN.
On board of the ship Costa Concordia were about 3200 passengers, of which 1000 Ilalians, 500 Germans, 160 French, others of different nationalities, and 1000 members of the crew.
The incident took place at lunchtime, on Friday evening, when the cruise ship had hit a sand dune near the Italian island of Giglio, on the West Coast of Italy.
„ The passengers were having lunch, when there could be heard a really loud noise,the electricity was cut, all the cutlery fell on the floor, and we were told, that the ship has suffered minor electrical problems.” – related one of the passengers, according to ANSA news agency.
The 290 metres long cruise ship had begun to take in water, and fell to its side 20 degrees.
„ At this point we heard the emergency call, which ordered abandon of the ship.” – related a Costa Concordia steward.
The evacuation has not ended yet, more than 300 people are still waiting to be rescued. The evacuation process is pretty complicated, due to the sideway position of the ship. Some passengers „ran away” with rescue boats, others were taken by helicopters, some preferring to swim for their lives.
Costa Concordia, with more than 4200 people on board had left from Savone , for a cruise of 7 days on the Meditteranean Sea with stops to be taken at Civitavecchia, Palermo, Cagliari, Plama Majorca, Barcelona and back to Savone.
There could be concluded, that these giant cruise ships, no matter how accurately constructed, seem to carry a curse with them, no need to mention the most famous shipwreck of all times, that instantly pops up in most minds, namely that of the no less luxurious Titanic.
What bugs my mind in this case is that provided most ships equipped with ultra-modern radar systems, how is it possible that such a giant invested in entertaining and not ultimately safeguarding the lives of those aboard, could not notice an obstacle big enough to be fatal.

Tragedy in the Meditteranean Sea
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Janice is a writer from Chicago, IL. She created the "simple living as told by me" newsletter with more than 12,000 subscribers about Living Better and is a founder of Seekyt.

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