Luxury liner slams into pier killing three crew
Published 27/02/2010 | 05:00
THREE crew members were killed when a luxury cruise liner carrying nearly 1,500 passengers slammed into a pier as it was docking in Egypt yesterday.
The Italian shipping line, Costa Crociera, said passengers were being accommodated in hotels while arrangements were being made to return them to their home countries.
Local witnesses said fierce winds had rocked the area overnight and the ship was slammed part-way on to the pier in Sharm el-Sheik.
Bad weather was believed to be the cause of the collision, which left a six-foot gaping hole in the vessel's hull.
The Costa Europa ship had been on an 18-day cruise from Dubai to Savona in Italy and had 1,437 guests on board.
Police said the three crew who died in the accident were from India, Brazil and Honduras.
The 55-tonne ship, which was built in 1986, was restored and entered into service with Costa in 2002, the company said.
It is one of 16 cruise ships belonging to the Costa Crociera line, which is the Italian subsidiary of Carnival.