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The grounding of a huge cruise ship off the Italian coast has shocked the world. The captain appears to have disregarded safety regulations and to have left his ship prematurely. There were more than 4,200 people on board the Costa Concordia, when rocks ripped a huge hole in its rump. It was too close to the island of Giglio, where it is now lying on its side near the shore. There was panic and confusion on board as the passengers scrambled to escape. Reports say crew members took charge of the evacuation as the captain had gone missing. He is facing criminal charges.