8 Bulgarians on Wrecked Cruise Ship in Italy Reported SafeSociety | January 15, 2012, Sunday // 10:10| views
Italian coastguard vessels pass by a section of the Costa Concordia cruise ship which lists at 80 degrees off the island of Giglio, Tuscany, northern Italy on January 14 2012, after she ran ground in the early hours. EPA/BGNES
All eight Bulgarian citizens, who were on board of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that capsized off the coast of Tuscany in Italy Saturday, are safe and in good health.
The news was reported by the press center of the Bulgarian Foreign Affairs Ministry. The Italian authorities and the company owner of the ship will assist them to return to Bulgaria while the Consular Office at the Bulgarian Embassy in Rome say they are also prepared to offer help.
The Bulgarians among the crew are identified as Rosen Dimitrov, Detelin Dobrev, Hristo Hristov, Kamen Peev, Petar Petrov, Georgi Stoev, and Nikolay Vachev. Donka Todorova was a female passenger.
According to the latest data from the early hours Sunday, at least 40 persons are reported missing, and 3 deaths and 70 injuries have been confirmed by local authorities in the capsizing of the stranded cruise ship.
Two people were found alive overnight on board of the ship after the rescue team heard the voices of a man and woman and were able to locate them in a cabin on a lower deck. Both are said to be from Asian origin and in good health.
The captain of the ship was arrested and charged with the murder of more than one person.
3 200 passengers and 1 023 crew members were on board at the time of the incident.
The luxury Costa Concordia ship ran aground in shallows some 300 meters away from the Tuscany Giglio Island. This led to a capsizing of the large vessel, after a 70 meter hole formed in the body of the ship, filling it with water.
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