The latest news reports on the cruise ship disaster off the coast of Italy confirm a total of five deaths and the cruise ship captain has been arrested by the Italian authorities. He has been accused of manslaughter as well as abandoning his ship and also being the cause of the ship running aground on January 13. A huge gash in the ship’s hull was created when the ship hit a rock and water poured into the ship causing it to quickly list and topple over.
At the last report between 15 and 17 people were still missing, two of those being Americans, and 40 people had been injured. Damages to the 6 year old ship, the Costa Concordia, are estimated to cost the insurance companies in excess of $512 million.
The ship has been reported to have been less than 500 feet from shore according the Ansa, the Italian news agency.
Some of the video and photos of this disaster are incredible.