With more than 4,000 people aboard, the Costa Concordia ran aground off the coast of Italy on Jan. 13, 2012, then began taking on water and capsized. The ship had departed Civitavecchia, near Rome, just a few hours before.
A lifeboat drill had not yet been held for the newly arrived passengers. Five people have been confirmed dead and others are missing, but the majority of the 4,234 people on board at the time of the accident have been accounted for. While the ship had enough lifeboats for everyone, the severe list made launching them difficult and some passengers had to be evacuated by helicopter. One passenger described the chaotic scene, saying, "We were having supper when the lights suddenly went out, we heard a boom and a groaning noise, and all the cutlery fell on the floor.”