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Vietnamese survive cruise crash

Update: January, 20/2012 - 10:17

HA NOI — Three Vietnamese employees on the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia, which ran aground off Italy's Giglio Island last Friday, were in good health, according to the local Vietnamese Embassy.

The Vietnamese staff include a woman and a man from HCM City and another man from southern Kien Giang Province. When the boat ran aground, they all hopped onto lifeboats and made their way to Giglio Island to seek help.

They are currently staying at a hotel in Rome.

Ambassador Dang Khanh Thoai from the Viet Nam Embassy has visited the survivors at their hotel and said the embassy would provide support for them to return home soon.

He also met representatives from the Costa Concordia Tourism Company and asked them to take care of the people involved in the incident and provide adequate compensation for the damages.

The Costa Concordia, which carried more than 4,200 people including the crew and passengers, hit a reef near Giglio Island. The resulting hull damage caused the ship to tip over on its side.

At least 11 people were killed in the incident and 28 others remain missing.

Corrado Clini, Italian Minister of Environment, said on Wednesday that there was still a danger that the boat could run off the reef and sink due to storms or strong winds.

The ministry fears that the accident might cause harmful consequences to the environment, as 2,300 tonnes of fuel onboard could potentially leak into the sea. — VNS

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