Divers resume search on cruise ship

2012-01-25 14:18
Giglio - Divers on Wednesday resumed the search of the shipwreck of the Costa Concordia that was temporarily halted due to strong winds and rough seas off the Italian island of Giglio.

On Tuesday the death toll from the January 13 accident involving the cruise ship rose to 16 when divers found the body of a woman in the half-sunken vessel's third bridge.

Around 20 people remain unaccounted for since the Concordia ran aground near Giglio off Italy's western coast.

The search for the missing was continuing as were preparations for the removal of thousands of tons of potentially hazardous fuel from the Concordia's tanks.

The actual pumping of fuel from the vessel's tanks is not expected to begin before Saturday, officials said.

The Concordia's captain Francesco Schettino remains under house arrest while prosecutors are trying to have him indicted on charges of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning the ship before all were evacuated.

He has reportedly admitted to veering the vessel off course, causing it to crash against rocks near Giglio.

However, he insists he helped coordinate the evacuation, but was forced to do so from Giglio's docks after slipping off the listing ship into a lifeboat.

More than 4 000 passengers and crew were aboard the ship at the time of the accident.

- SAPA
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