Costa Concordia Death Toll 13

January 24, 2012 by staff 

Costa Concordia Death Toll 13, Italian search teams resumed operations on Carnival Corp.’s Costa Concordia cruise ship after finding a 13th body and preparations began to remove 500,000 gallons of fuel from the damaged vessel.

Divers found the body of a woman yesterday at 3:20 p.m. local time, according to an e-mailed statement from the Civil Protection Agency, taking the death toll to 13. The number of missing people is 24, the agency said. Divers set off more explosives onboard the ship today to allow them to reach more remote parts of the boat.

The Concordia might have been carrying unregistered passengers, Franco Gabrielli, the Civil Protection Agency official overseeing the search operations, said at a press conference broadcast by SkyTG24. That makes it difficult to determine the number of missing people, he said.

Costa Crociere SpA’s Concordia ship struck rocks on Jan. 13 close to the small island of Giglio, hours after leaving a port near Rome with 4,200 passengers and crew for a Mediterranean cruise. Costa Crociere has suspended Captain Francesco Schettino, who was placed under house arrest on Jan. 17 for allegedly causing the shipwreck.

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