Local newlyweds describe chaos aboard cruise ship

    Pennsylvania newlyweds aboard the cruise ship that ran aground off the Italian coast described a chaotic scene of passenger panic and crucial delays that kept them from getting in life boats for more than an hour after the problems began.

    Rob and Megan Mauri of Lancaster arrived in Philadelphia yesterday wearing the same clothes they wore off the stricken Costa Concordia Friday night. See them telling NBC 10 about the ordeal here. 

    What the couple was initially told was a generator problem soon turned terrifying as the ship listed to starboard, sending furniture skidding along the floor and passengers fleeing for safety.

    Rob Mauri says the couple waited nearly 90 minutes before they were allowed to board lifeboats, but by then the ship had rolled so far over the lifeboats got stuck on the deck.

    The couple was on the first night of their honeymoon when the ship ran aground.

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