Illinois family escapes Italian cruise disaster

Illinois family escapes Italian cruise disaster

Credit: AP

An Italian firefighter helicopter lifts a rescued passenger from the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia which ran aground off the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012. Firefighters worked Sunday to rescue a crew member with a suspected broken leg from the overturned hulk of the cruise liner, 36 hours after it ran aground. More than 40 people are still unaccounted-for. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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Posted on January 17, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 17 at 9:45 AM

RICHMOND, Ill. (AP) -- Three members of a McHenry County family were among the thousands of people aboard a cruise ship that ran aground the Italian coast of a Tuscan island, killing at least eleven people.

   Jim Salzburg says the scene on the Costa Concordia was "complete chaos." The 71-year-old Richmond man was taking a 16-day trip with his 70-year-old wife Josephine Salzburg and their 39-year-old daughter Mary-Jo Salzburg. Salzburg says "everybody was just running around looking for a lifeboat."

   The three were able to put on life jackets and secure spaces on a lifeboat to escape the Friday accident. They were home in Richmond by Sunday evening.

   Jim Salzburg says the family is lucky to be alive.

   Richmond is near the Illinois and Wisconsin border, about 65 miles northwest of Chicago.

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