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3 more bodies found on Costa Concordia

2012-03-22 20:08

Rome - Three bodies have been located on the wreck of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia, officials said on Thursday, according to media reports.

The bodies were found in the submerged part of the half-sunken vessel, chief rescue official, Franco Gabrielli, was quoted as saying by the ANSA news agency.

Before Friday's announcement, the number of certified dead from the January 13 shipwreck stood at 25, with seven people listed as missing.

The Costa Concordia hit rocks near Giglio island off Italy's western coast.

The Concordia's captain, Francesco Schettino, is under house arrest and faces charges of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning the ship before all of the approximately 4 200 passengers and crew had been evacuated.

Prosecutors say he steered the ship dangerously close to Giglio.