Costa Concordia victim identified by DNA

2013-10-24 20:38
Three seperate images of the Costa Concordia as it sunk to the ocean floor. (Foto, AP)

Three seperate images of the Costa Concordia as it sunk to the ocean floor. (Foto, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Rome - DNA tests have identified the remains as one of the final two missing victims of last year's deadly shipwreck of the Costa Concordia off an Italian island, the ANSA news agency reported on Thursday.

The remains of Maria Grazia Trecarichi were found by scuba divers inside the cruise liner on 8 October, three weeks after the 300m, 114 000-ton cruise liner was righted from the partly capsized state that it had lain in for 20 months. It was moved as part of expensive and risky salvage operations.

Trecarichi had booked a holiday on the Costa Concordia to celebrate her 50th birthday along with her friend Luisa Antonia Virzi, who also died, and her teenage daughter Stefania and her boyfriend, who both survived.

Husband Elio Vincenzi said her funeral would likely be held at the end of next week in Trecarichi's hometown of Leonforte, Sicily. He lamented the fact that he learned about the DNA results from the media rather than from authorities.

"They assured me I would be the first to know if that body was my wife's, but that is not the way it went," he said.

The Costa Concordia crashed against a reef and ran aground on the night of 13 January 2012, after its captain steered it close to the island of Giglio. Thirty-two of the 4 229 people on board died.

Indian waiter Russel Rebello is the only victim whose remains have not yet been found. On Wednesday, Italian authorities said the search on board the Concordia might resume once it is taken to port for dismantling, which should happen next year.

Read more on:    costa concordia  |  italy  |  maritime accidents

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.