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Twelve Germans missing from cruise liner

The Local · 16 Jan 2012, 15:26

Published: 16 Jan 2012 08:05 GMT+01:00
Updated: 16 Jan 2012 15:26 GMT+01:00

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Around ten Germans were hurt when the “Costa Concordia” – which had around 4,200 people on board – hit a reef just off the small island of Giglio off the Tuscany coast, and turned on its side.

After a sixth body was recovered on Monday morning the number of missing was 14, with the Italian news service Ansa reporting the latest victim was a passenger.

Of the thousands of passengers from more than 60 countries, 566 were Germans. Most have already been brought home on planes or buses, spokesman for Costa Cruises, Werner Claasen said on Sunday.

But the German foreign ministry said on Monday that the number of German nationals missing was a “low double digit”. Regional police forces are gathering missing persons reports - although they say some of those who have not yet contacted relatives could be on the way home.

Five people are known to be missing from Hesse, as well as two from each of Berlin, Baden-Württemberg and North Rhine-Westphalia and one from Bavaria.

“We don’t know where they are,” said a Foreign Ministry spokesman on Monday. He said there could certainly be more bad news from the wreck, where divers have been searching the flooded decks for survivors – and bodies. Their search was halted on Monday due to stormy conditions.

Police in Baden-Württemberg said on Monday that a 66-year-old woman from Laupheim, and a 71-year-old woman from the Nürtingen area were among the missing. And police in Offenbach, Hesse, said that a couple aged 71 and 72 from Mühlheim am Main, who were on the ship, had been reported as missing.

The captain of the ship Francesco Schettino, who has been arrested by Italian police, has come under severe criticism for sailing so close to the coast – and according to some reports, leaving the ship and refusing to return to coordinate the evacuation.

Hundreds of passengers, crew members and rescuers have already been questioned about what happened and when.

Stefan Jaeger, president of the European Cruiser Association told Monday’s Financial Times Deutschland it was negligent to navigate to close to Giglio. He also suggested that the crew and emergency teams were unable to cope with the emergency.

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Even the owners of the ship conceded that the captain could have been at fault. A Costa Crociere statement said, “It appears that the commander made errors of judgement which had the most serious consequences.”

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Your comments about this article

13:50 January 16, 2012 by steadyguy
Very,very sad situation especially those poor people who are injured or have lost their lives. Even worse because the ship is so close to the shore. R.I.P.
21:47 January 16, 2012 by supernova
I still can't believe it that the Italian captain caused the ship to sinking because he wanted to say "hello" to his buddy captain in a nearby ship and of course left ship 3-hours before everyone else after the rescue operation.

But again who has time to mourn! these rich freaks on ship were anyway going to die soon cuz they are mostly over 70 and have no purpose left in life except to burn (tax payer) money and go on luxury cruise ships to avoid boresome.

And I am speaking on behalf of dear Germans of course!
04:05 January 17, 2012 by heyheyhey

How do you know that the people on the cruise were rich freaks? Perhaps, for many, this was a once in a lifetime event, and perhaps for many their children paid for such a nice gift for mom and dad. Perhaps these old people worked extremely hard, saved their money every week and now can have one nice trip in their very old age.

If you believe that they have no more purpose in life you should perhaps speak to their grandchildren and children. Perhaps many of these old and worthless people do much charity work for others.

You are an ignorant fool, and you just showed that fact to the entire world.

When was the last time you saw your grandparents? Is this how you feel,about them?

You are a tragic and pathetic person.
20:47 January 17, 2012 by brookkn
Supernova, you're not very bright are you?

Rich people don't sail on Costa Cruise lines. And what taxpayer money are they burning?

I'm sure they have loved ones that are miserable with worry.

Too bad it wasn't you on the ship instead.
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