Cruise disaster: crew member rescued after being trapped on board for 36 hours

Cruise disaster: crew member rescued after being trapped on board for 36 hours

Many of the missing are thought to be crew from Asian countries such as Indonesia, India, Bangladesh and the Philippines, who may not have understood instructions to abandon the ship.

"The gash in the hull is at the level of the machine room, which means that all the crew's cabins are under water," said Sergio Ortelli, the mayor of Giglio, a tiny island which lies off the coast of Tuscany and is a popular summer holiday destination for Italians.

Ennio Aquilino, a fire service commander from Grosseto, said: "The ship has 12 levels and seven or eight are under water. It's like an immense cathedral, a labyrinth." Divers from the fire service and the Coast Guard were taking part in the search for survivors.

The cruise ship ran aground on Friday night when it smashed into rocks close to the shore of Giglio, at the start of a week-long Mediterranean cruise.


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