Recently, the Italian cruise ship, Costa Concordia, struck a reef off the coast of the island of Giglio. Passengers were enjoying their evening meal when there was a sudden, loud bang, supposedly from an electrical failure.
The guests were told that everything was under control and they need not panic. According to a survivor, the boat began to shake, with dishes crashing to the floor and people falling down the stairs. Suddenly, the ship tilted to the port side, which consequently hindered access to life boats.