May 21, 2013
18 Argentines travelling on Italy cruise ship 'safe and sound'
The eighteen Argentine passengers what were travelling on the Costa Concordia cruise that ran aground last night have been found and are safe in Tuscany hotels, the Argentine consulate in Rome-
The Argentine Ambassador in Italy, Torcuato Di Tella, along other diplomatic officials, were visiting the hotels were the surviving Argentines are staying.
“All the Argentine citizens have been contacted and will be assisted and be taken to wherever they decide to go,” the Foreign Ministry confirmed in a statement.
On board the ship named “Costa Concordia,” which sank last night on its way from Civitavecchia port, some 70 kilometres north of Rome, to the northern town of Savona, were 4,229 people, 3,209 of which were passengers.
Out of the passengers, 989 are Italian, 569 German, 462 French, 177 Spanish, and 129 US citizens. In addition there are 127 Croatians, 108 Russians, 74 Austrians, 69 Swiss, 26 from Hong Kong, 25 British, 21 Australians, 17 Argentines, 13 are from Taiwan, 12 Canadians, 12 Chinese, 11 Portuguese, 10 Colombians, 10 Chileans, and 9 Turkish who were on board the ship when it ran aground and overturned.