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Costa Concordia: 'Harrowing experience' for passengers

Three people are confirmed dead after a cruise ship carrying more than 4,000 people ran aground off Italy.

There were scenes of panic as the Costa Concordia hit a sandbar on Friday evening near the island of Giglio and listed about 20 degrees.

Most people reached land by lifeboats but some swam to shore.

The BBC's Alan Johnston said it must have been an extraordinarily harrowing experience for passengers on board.

  • 14 Jan 2012
  • From the section Europe
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