As many readers will know, a cruise ship carrying 4000 people ran aground on Friday night off a small island called Giglio Porto off the coast of Italy near Rome. Here is some dramatic amateur footage taken by an evacuated passenger:
The Costa Concordia disaster has been likened to the sinking of the Titanic. Thankfully only 3 people have died so far compared to the 1500 who perished when the Titanic struck an iceberg in 1912 in the North Atlantic but a modern European cruise liner should never have ended up like this. I really hope this is not a case of certain EU states flouting Health and Safety directives which Britain gold plates.
No one yet knows why this happened. Some experts have predicted an electrical failure took place which meant the officers could not steer the ship away from danger. However the liner ended up with a fifty metre gash in its hull, the people to blame must face justice and, if found guilty, the inside of a prison cells for several years. Incidents like this are unacceptable in Europe.