At least six people are reported dead after a cruise ship
carrying more than 4,000 people ran aground off Italy.
The Costa Concordia hit a sandbar on Friday evening near the island of Giglio
and listed about 20 degrees, after which people tried to reach land in lifeboats
or by swimming.
The last 50 people on board are being evacuated by helicopter in a
Italians, Germans, French and British were among the 3,200 passengers.
In addition, 1,000 crew were on board the vessel.
One thousand passengers were Italian, with 500 Germans and 160 French.
The Costa Concordia had sailed earlier on Friday from Civitavecchia port near
Rome for a Mediterranean cruise, due to dock in Marseille after calling at ports
in Sicily, Sardinia and Spain.
Passengers were eating dinner on Friday evening, when they heard a loud bang,
and were told that the
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