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Red Cross assists at Costa Concordia shipwreck site

19 January 2012

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As search for the missing continues, Red Cross staff and volunteers are lending support to the rescue and relief operation at the site of the shipwrecked cruise ship, Costa Concordia.

250 Italian Red Crossers have been on-site since the extent of the disaster became apparent. They have so far supplied more than 800 people with clothes, shoes, hygiene kits, medicines and other materials; moved people to nearby hospitals; and provided health care for 40 of the injured passengers at the medical post of the hospital of Orbetello.

In addition to volunteers and staff, the Italian Red Cross society is also responding with 30 ambulances and 20 vehicles which are being used to transport people and materials.

Roberto Antonini, the Italian Red Cross emergency operation centre coordinator, said: “Our volunteers and staff were alerted and deployed within the first hours after the accident.

“We are now assisting the last 30 passengers on the Costa Concordia and the next of kin of those who are still missing, while the majority of those in the reception centres in Grosseto have left already. In the meantime, we have deployed a field kitchen on the Isola del Giglio for the emergency organisations which are active on the island.”

For updates visit http://www.ifrc.org/en/ or http://www.cri.it/

For spokespeople and interviews please contact Joe Lowry (joe.lowry@ifrc.org, +3618884507) or the Italian Red Cross press office: urp@cri.it ENDS For updates visit http://www.ifrc.org/en/ or http://www.cri.it/

For spokespeople and interviews please contact Joe Lowry (joe.lowry@ifrc.org, +3618884507) or the Italian Red Cross press office: urp@cri.it

Notes to editors
The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies. We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.

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