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Isola di Giglio, Italy_12/01/2012:  COSTA CONCORDIA RUNS AGROUND.A number of Britons were on board a luxury cruise ship which ran aground off the Italian coast, leaving at least three people dead.The Costa Concordia, which was carrying more than 4,000 passengers, experienced trouble a few hundred metres from the tiny Tuscan holiday island of Giglio on Friday evening as the passengers were at dinner, after apparently sailing off course.Desperate passengers scrambled to evacuate the stricken vessel as it began to take on water and list to the right, with some opting to jump into the sea.A massive coastguard rescue operation involving helicopters and rescue boats was immediately launched.At daybreak, the ship could be seen almost completely on its side..Photo Shows: An ofiicial count of the passengers and crew members as they are taken to safety..Mandatory Credit Photo: ©Bramo-Sestini/NEWSPIX INTERNATIONAL..**ALL FEES PAYABLE TO: "NEWSPIX INTERNATIONAL"**..IMMEDIATE CONFIRMATION OF USAGE REQUIRED:.Newspix International, 31 Chinnery Hill, Bishop's Stortford, ENGLAND CM23 3PS.Tel:+441279 324672  ; Fax: +441279656877.Mobile:  07775681153.e-mail: info@newspixinternational.co.uk
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