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Death Toll Rises to 6 in Italian Cruise Ship Accident, captain 'commited errors'

At least six people have died after a cruise ship ran aground off the coast of Tuscany. The owners of the cruise ship say there may have been significant human error on the part of the ship's captain, an allegation he denies.

(BBC NEWS) Giglio - The CEO of Costa Cruises, the owner of the ship that ran aground off Italy, says the captain made an "unapproved, unauthorized" deviation in course.

Capt Francesco Schettino is suspected of manslaughter, but denies wrongdoing.

Six people were killed and about 15 remain missing after the hull of the Costa Concordia was torn open by rocks late on Friday off the Tuscan coast.

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