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Rescuers resume search on Concordia

2012-01-20 19:51

Giglio Island - Italian rescuers resumed their search on the above-water part of the stricken Costa Concordia cruise ship on Friday after it was judged to be stable enough for their operations.

"The ship has stabilised and the search on the upper part of the vessel is resuming," Alessandro Busonero, a spokesman for the Italian navy, told AFP at the scene of the wreck near the island of Giglio.

Cosimo Nicastro, a spokesperson for the coast guard, said: "Tomorrow morning we will evaluate the data for the submerged part."

"There was no continuous movement during the day," he added.

Nicastro said the search would focus on the third deck where the doomed luxury liner's lifeboats were.