Cruise ship aground off Italy, 4,000 passengers evacuated

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jan 14 2012 07:50 AM | Updated as of Jan 14 2012 03:50 PM

ROME - Around 4,200 passengers were being evacuated from a large cruise ship off the coast of Italy late Friday, after it ran aground and started taking on water, according to Italian press reports.

"The passengers are not in danger, a rescue mission is underway," the coast guard at the Isola del Giglio port in Tuscany told AFP, as passengers were shipped off the Costa Concordia in lifeboats.