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Nine MSC Splendida Passengers Killed And Twelve Injured In Tunis Museum Attack

March 20, 2015 Cruise, Headline News No Comments Email Email

image011MSC Cruises has issued an official statement confirming that nine of its passenger from aboard the MSC Splendida, which was visiting La Goulette, Tunis for its weekly seasonal call, have been killed and twelve have been injured in the attack at the Bardo National Museum.

MSC Splendid has 3,714 guests and 1,267 crewmembers aboard and Bardo National Museum is a shore excursion offered by MSC, with some of MSC Cruises’ guests caught in the middle of the terrorist attack along with guests from another cruise line.

MSC says that as soon as the company heard of the attack and some of its guests were involved in the attack, regular stringent safety procedures were set in motion and the ship management called for the immediate cancellation of all on-going shore excursions and recall all buses and their passengers on the ground back to the ship.

The security on board MSC Splendida was also immediately raised to Level 3, its highest, by emergency protocol to ensure complete safety of all guests and crew members – the company’s number one priority at all times.

MSC says that in constant coordination with local, national and international authorities as well as embassies in Tunis and ground staff, MSC Splendida’s command worked towards organising the safe return of the ship’s guests aboard, and assessing the situation in the city’s hospitals.

MSC has also been keeping guests aboard informed of the unfolding of the situation and also has also worked to prevent contradicting information from various sources.

MSC has also provided facilities for guests to contact their families and loved ones at home and to provide reassurance about their wellbeing.

The MSC Crisis Team was deployed from the company’s head office arriving in Tunis a few hours after the attack and MSC Cruises Executive Chairman, Pierfrancesco Vago, will arrive in Tunis in the early hours of 19 March to make a close assessment of the situation and to provide assistance to the victims and their relatives as well as consult with local authorities.

Unconfirmed sources say those killed were three Japanese, two French, two Spanish and two Colombian and those wounded to be three Japanese, one South African, one Belgian and seven French and they are currently being treated in various hospitals, with all being assisted in person by members of the MSC Cruises Crisis Team that was immediately sent to Tunis to provide on the ground support.

MSC has reported that the six guests were still unaccounted for.

MSC Cruises will continue to publish updates on any confirmed official information it may receive.

MSC Cruises says it wishes to extend its most sincere and heartfelt condolences to all those who were affected by this tragic event and are suffering as a result, in particular to the families and friends of those who lost their lives as well as the injured ones.

Written by : John Alwyn-Jones

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