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Eight deaths reported as cruise ship runs aground off Italy
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Source: USA Today

UPDATE, 11:55: Eight people are dead after the Costa Concordia cruise ship ran aground off the Italian coast in an accident which forced the coast guard to evacuate over 4,000 people, AFP reports.

More than 30 people were also injured in the accident, several seriously, and several people were still missing after jumping overboard in panic as the ship began to tilt, the Messaggero newspaper said. One of the victims was a man in his 70s who died of a heart attack caused by the shock to his system when he jumped into the icy waters, reports said.

Most of the 3,200 passengers and 1,000 crew members were quickly evacuated, but around 200 people remained stranded on board.

According to the London Telegraph, the passengers' dinner was interrupted by a loud boom around 8 pm local time. An initial announcement claimed the ship was suffering an electrical failure, and ordered everyone onboard to don life-jackets.

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Looks like these deaths and injuries occurred when people panicked and jumped overboard, probably intending to swim to the nearby island.
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