Disaster

Italy Cruise Rescue Halted in Rough Seas

The search for survivors aboard the sinking cruise ship Costa Concordia was put on hold this morning when the ship ran aground, rolling onto its side and leaving at least 6 people dead and 16 missing. The captain has been arrested, and the cruise company, a subsidiary of Carnival, is blaming him for the crash. According to the Costa Crociere CEO, the captain made an unauthorized, unapproved deviation from the ship's programmed course (the BBC has excellent graphics that tell the story) that caused it to run aground. The captain is also accused of abandoning the ship before passengers had evacuated, a claim the captain denies.