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Chinese tourists on stricken Italy ship safe

(China Daily)

08:15, January 16, 2012

Costa Concordia cruise ship that ran aground is seen off the west coast of Italy at Giglio island, Jan 14, 2012. (chinadaily.com.cn/agencies)

ROME - All Chinese tourists on board the stricken cruise liner Costa Concordia have been accounted for and are receiving help, Rome embassy officials told China Daily on Sunday. The Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong also confirmed that all the Chinese passengers were safe.

The luxury cruise liner ran aground on Friday night just off the Italian coast. So close was the ship to land that many passengers were able to swim to safety. Three people were confirmed to have been killed in the accident but about 40 remain unaccounted for.

The 22 Chinese tourists were from Hong Kong and their trip had been arranged through Wing on Travel and two other travel agencies.

All were accounted for and none had suffered serious injuries, embassy officials said.

"All 22 passengers are now in Rome and some were even considering going on with their holiday. We are helping them with various paperwork," an embassy spokesperson said.

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