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Another body found in cruise ship

2012-01-24 15:46

Rome - Officials say divers searching the toppled Costa Concordia have discovered another body in the submerged cruise ship.

The discovery on the third floor deck brings to 16 the number of bodies found since the January 13 grounding.

Officials at the Tuscan prefect's office said on Tuesday they couldn't immediately confirm Italian news reports that the body was that of a woman.

The discovery was made as a large platform carrying a crane and other equipment hitched itself to the shipwreck, signaling the start of preliminary operations to remove a half-million gallons of fuel from the ship's tanks.

Actual pumping of the oil isn't expected to begin until Saturday, and will continue in tandem with search and rescue operations.

Comments
  • Rev-Ida - 2012-01-25 14:24

    So ... the first few lifeboats to come to shore had mainly rich russians, still in their elegant evening dress, and survivor eye witness reports indicate they had bribed their way onto the survival boats first. Shades of fulfilled prediction from the movie 2012, where much the same thing happened. Oh, and that Winston Churchill quip There are three things I like about Italian ships. First, their cuisine, which is unsurpassed. Second, their service, which is quite superb. Lastly, in the event of a life-threatening emergency, there is none of this nonsense about women and children first. Well I will see if I can verify it, but I do know that at least one post pre-dates this disaster by at least 10 years. Further extensive comments at http: //www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/SA-pair-swim-for-their-lives-20120115

  • Rev-Ida - 2012-01-25 14:37

    Winston Churchill, "... none of this nonsense about women and children first" Urban legend :- http://quoteinvestigator.com/2012/01/21/nonsense-first/#more-3271 The earliest instance of this joke found by QI appeared in a Missouri newspaper in 1917. A travel writer, Henry J. Allen, "... the reason a New York traveler once gave for traveling on a French liner: He said, “there is no foolishness about women and children first." By 1946 a more elaborate variant that mentioned food and drink was credited to an American Rear-Admiral. By 1985 the quip was ascribed to W. Somerset Maugham, and by 1993 an ornate version was credited to Winston Churchill. In a 1993 collection of material for speech makers titled “More Podium Humor” an anecdote was presented concerning Winston Churchill. Italian ships were targeted instead of French ships

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