Four die in Italy shipping accident

AFP-JIJI, AP

Four people died and several others were missing in the water in the port of Genoa on Wednesday, after a container ship smashed into a control tower in a night-time accident that revived painful memories in Italy of a deadly cruise ship disaster last year.

Part of the tower in which about 14 people were present at the time of the accident crashed into the water.

One of the victims was reported by some media to be a woman in her 30s, while the other two were male. No details were known about the fourth victim, which was announced later.

Rescue workers dived into the inky waters around the port — one of the busiest in Italy — in a frantic night-time search to find around 10 people believed to be missing.