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Spanish pensioner's body found after Italian shipwreck
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thinkSPAIN , Sunday, January 15, 2012

A 68-YEAR-OLD Spaniard is said to be among the five dead after the Costa Concordia cruise-liner sank off the coast of Giglio island in Italy on Friday evening.

Guillermo Gual, from Palma de Mallorca, is said to have been mentally-handicapped.

He was travelling with nine other family members, including his niece María Rosa and nephew Jaume.

It was María Rosa's boyfriend, Vicente Salvador, 20, a student from Palma, who reported Guillermo as missing.

He was wearing a plaque with the name and contact number of his brother, Jaume's father.

Emergency services say the deceased's body was found alongside that of 85-year-old Italian national, Giovanni Masia, bringing the death toll up to five after a Peruvian crew-member and two French tourists were discovered dead following the accident.

A further three people have been found alive since last night.

Passengers on board the ship say the crew-members 'did not know how to get the life-boats out' and 'had no idea how to put life-jackets on'.

This meant many passengers had to literally throw themselves into the sea and attempt to swim to safety.

Many of the Spanish survivors of the accident have now returned home after a charter flight was sent out from Rome.

The causes of the ship running aground – which led to water entering the boat over a period of at least 20 minutes – are not yet known, but the captain has been arrested.

 
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