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Honeymooners rescued from sinking cruise liner

The South Korean newly-weds were removed from the half-submerged ship 24-hours after it ran aground.

Image: Gregorio Borgia/AP/Press Association Images

A SOUTH KOREAN couple on their honeymoon were rescued from the half-submerged coast liner that ran aground off the coast of Italy yesterday.

Firefighters heard their screams late on Saturday and rescued them from a lower deck of the Costa Concordia.

The 29-year-olds had been stranded two decks below where the search team were but are said to be in good health. It is understood that 35 people were involved in the recovery.

There are still about 40 people unaccounted for after the accident, reports Sky News. The Italian Coast Guard is hoping to send divers into the belly of the ship in case there are people inside.

Police divers and rescue crews are currently circling the wreckage, which is now sitting on its side, half-submerged.

The Associated Press is reporting that another passenger has been located safe and well in the boat and firefighters are getting ready for another rescue mission.

Three people – two French passengers and a Peruvian crewman – have been confirmed dead following the incident. The captain and one other crew member of the ship have been detained by local prosecutors. They could face charges of manslaughter.

Some criticism has been levelled at the boat’s crew because of the chaotic nature of the evacuation.

There were two Irish people on board at the time of the accident. The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed that they were in good health and that it was providing consular assistance.

The South Korean woman with the rescue team in the early hours of this morning.

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