MSC Cruises said two passengers on
the MSC Splendida who had been missing following the museum attack on Wednesday
in Tunis were found safe.
The two Spanish citizens, young
couple Cristina Rubio Benlloch and Juan Carlos Sanchez Oltra, had spent the
night in hiding at the Bardo National Museum, MSC said in a statement.
woman, who is pregnant, was taken to the hospital. Both her and the unborn
child are reported well, MSC said.
The cruise line updated its numbers to say that 12 passengers
on the Splendida were killed in the attack and 13 were injured. Two are in
serious condition, MSC said.
Costa Cruises said on Thursday afternoon that five of its
guests on the Costa Fascinosa were killed and eight were injured.
According to the Associated Press and reports from the lines, both MSC and Costa had tour groups at the Bardo museum when the attack began. Both companies recalled passengers and excursion buses to the ships immediately following the attack. Costa has cancelled all future calls to Tunis, the AP reported.
MSC said its executive chairman,
Pierfrancesco Vago, met Tunisia’s minister of tourism, Salma Elloumi Rekik, on
Thursday. MSC said that Rekik confirmed that 20 people died in the attack.
Both ships have left Tunis; the Fascinosa was en route to Palma di Mallorca, and Splendida was en route to Barcelona. The lines both said senior executives and members of their care teams were on the ground in Tunis.
This report was updated on Thursday afternoon to add that five passengers on the Costa Fascinosa were killed in the attack.