UPDATE on Genoa Accident: 7 dead, 2 missing, 4 injured

By Accidents

So far 9 people were feared dead on Wednesday after the container ship collided into Italy’s busiest port of Genoa, bringing down a 50-meters control tower in an incident, which revived memories of last year’s Costa Concordia cruise liner accident.
The container ship Jolly Nero ploughed into the dock in the night during a standard manoeuvre as it was being steered to exit the Genoa port on its way to Naples with a cargo of industrial vehicles and containers.
Some of the dead people were thrown into the water, while others were trapped in the tower’s lift that plunged into the sea, emergency workers reported.
“7 people died, 2 are still missing and 4 were injured,” Italian Transport Minister Maurizio Lupi stated in parliament after visiting the scene of the accident.
According to media reports a 50-year-old man, a phone operator, had been pulled alive from the rubble on Wednesday.
Maurizio Lupi said there were 3 possible explanations for the incident: engine failure, a problem with cables used by the 2 tug vessels towing the container vessel, or bad steering and excessively high speed.
Prosecutors have placed the vessel’s captain and a port pilot who had been onboard during the manoeuvre under investigation for multiple manslaughter and have sequestered the container ship.