Esta confirmada a colisão com um recife ao largo da ilha de Giglio, ficado com água aberta numa extensão superior a 50 mts, aparentemente o navio “aproximou-se” de terra por razões desconhecidas.
O Cmdt. Paolillo arriba ao porto de Giglio a fim de facilitar a evacuação, mas o acentuado adorno dificulta as operações de abandono, é reportado que alguns passageiros saltarem para água e alcançaram terra a nado, estão confirmadas 3 baixas e 69 desaparecidos.
O navio acaba por afundar parcialmente a norte do Porto de Giglio , deixando o rombo visível .
Relatos :New York Times report: “We had to scream at the controllers to release the boats from the side,” said Mike van Dijk, a 54-year-old from Pretoria, South Africa. “We were standing in the corridors and they weren’t allowing us to get onto the boats. It was a scramble, an absolute scramble.” The vessel “hit an obstacle” — it was not clear if it might have hit a rocky reef in the waters off Giglio — “ripping a gash 50 meters across” in the side of the ship, and started taking on water. The cruise liner’s captain, Commander Paolillo said, then tried to steer his ship toward shallow waters, near Giglio’s small port, to make evacuation by lifeboat easier. But after the ship started listing badly, lifeboat evacuation was no longer feasible, Commander Paolillo said. Telegraph, UK Holidaymakers from Britain, France, Italy and Germany were forced to flee the 1,500-cabin Costa Concordia in lifeboats when it hit a reef less than two hours after leaving port. Some leapt overboard and swam to shore as the ship started to sink into the waters near the island of Giglio, off the Tuscan coast. Francesco Paolillo, the coastguard spokesman, said that at least three bodies were retrieved from the sea and at least three more were feared dead. Local officials are also reporting that 69 people are still unaccounted for. By this morning, the ship was lying virtually flat off Giglio’s coast, its starboard side submerged in the water.