January 15, 2012 by staff
Costa Concordia, The South Korean couple were rescued from the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia early on Sunday
Three survivors have been found on the stricken cruise ship Costa Concordia, more than 24 hours after it ran aground off the Italian coast.
Rescuers have extricated a crew member, hours after a honeymooning South Korean couple were rescued.
Three people are so far confirmed dead and about 40 are unaccounted for.
The captain of the Costa Concordia has been arrested on suspicion of multiple homicide. Prosecutors say he left the ship before evacuation was complete.
First officer Ciro Ambrosio has also been detained.
The ship’s operator, Costa Crociere, said the vessel had been following its regular course when it hit a submerged rock.
In a TV interview, ship’s captain Francesco Schettino said the rock was not marked on any maritime charts.
Police are investigating why the accident happened in calm conditions.
The South Korean couple were located after rescuers heard voices from a cabin two decks down on the half-submerged ship late on Saturday. They were reached a few hours later.
The couple, both 29 years old, were both in good health when they were brought ashore.
A third survivor has now been located and has been airlifted from the wreck. Officials say he is a senior Italian member of the crew. They believe he has a serious injury to his leg.
Two French passengers and a Peruvian crew member died, and another 30 people were injured, two seriously.
Divers are continuing to search the ship, which is lying on its side near the Tuscan island of Giglio.
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