Three Vietnamese workers aboard the ill-fated Costa Concordia cruise ship, which sank close to the Italian island of Giglio, have been confirmed safe by the Vietnamese embassy in Italy.
The three Vietnamese workers, Mai Thi Phuong Thy, Truong Dinh Duy Di from Ho Chi Minh City and Danh Oanh from Kien Giang Province, jumped off the ship when it was beginning to sink and swam ashore to the nearby island where they were rescued by islanders, the Vietnamese embassy revealed on January 18.
All the three workers are well and safe and temporarily staying in a hotel in Rome, capital of Italy.
Dang Khanh Thoai, Vietnam’s Ambassador to Italy called on the three Vietnamese citizens at the hotel and asked the Costa Concordia cruise company to assist them and ensure their rights were covered in terms of salary and compensation.
The Vietnamese embassy will help them buy clothes and other basic essentials, as well as issue new travel papers for them to return back to Vietnam.
The Costa Concordia cruise ship, carrying 3,200 passengers and 1,000 crew members, capsized off the coast of a small Italian island on January 13, leaving 12 dead and 24 missing.