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Not Going Down with the Ship

53 Balinese Crew on Wrecked Costa Concordia Reported Safe

(1/20/2012) The Bali Manpower Office has confirmed that there were 53 Balinese ship’s crews working on board the ill-fated Costa Concordia that ran aground and sunk on Saturday, January 14, 2012, near Isola del Giglio, Italy.

At least eleven people died among a complement of 4,200 passengers and crew on the ship, with as many as 24 people still unaccounted for and now feared dead, trapped somewhere inside the wreckage.

BeritaBali.com reports that the Balinese crewmembers worked in the housekeeping, laundry, kitchen and utility galley departments of the ship. Several of the Balinese crew suffered injuries requiring brief periods of hospitalization.

All 53 Balinese remain in Italy awaiting finalization of discussions to either return to Bali or assign them to other vessels in the Costa fleet.