Macedonian family safe after cruise ship accident in Italy
Sunday, 15 January 2012

A three-member family from Macedonia, which was aboard the cruise liner Costa Concordia, is in good health and is expected to arrive back home later in the day with the assistance of the Macedonian embassy to Rome, MoFA has told MIA.


On Friday, the luxury cruise liner ran aground and tipped over several hundreds meters off shore in western Italy. Reasons for the accident are still being investigated, but it is believed that it might have been caused by a human error or a damage in the electronic navigation system. The black boxes have been found and handed over to investigative authorities.


The captain, Francesco Schettino, was detained for questioning by prosecutors, investigating him for suspected manslaughter, abandoning ship before all others, and causing a shipwreck.

Many passengers complained the crew and ship's personnel were unprofessional.


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