Tuesday 17 October 2017

Divers find last two bodies from tragic Costa Concordia

GIGLIO PORTO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 22: A general view of the uprighted Costa Concordia is seen on September 22, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. The search will be resumed for the missing bodies of Maria Grazia Tricarichi and Russsel Rebello, whose bodies were never found after the Costa Concordia capsized on January 13, 2012, leaving 32 people dead. Specialist divers from the coastguard, fire brigade and police will search the area between the righted ship and the coast and other parts of the vessel which were previously off limits. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
GIGLIO PORTO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 22: A general view of the uprighted Costa Concordia is seen on September 22, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. The search will be resumed for the missing bodies of Maria Grazia Tricarichi and Russsel Rebello, whose bodies were never found after the Costa Concordia capsized on January 13, 2012, leaving 32 people dead. Specialist divers from the coastguard, fire brigade and police will search the area between the righted ship and the coast and other parts of the vessel which were previously off limits. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
GIGLIO PORTO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 24: A general view of the uprighted Costa Concordia is seen on September 24, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. Today the search resumed for the missing bodies of Maria Grazia Tricarichi and Russsel Rebello, whose bodies were never found after the Costa Concordia capsized on January 13, 2012, leaving 32 people dead. Specialist divers from the coastguard, fire brigade and police have begun searching the area between the righted ship and the coast and other parts of the vessel which were previously off limits. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
GIGLIO PORTO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 22: A general view of the uprighted Costa Concordia is seen on September 22, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. The search will be resumed for the missing bodies of Maria Grazia Tricarichi and Russsel Rebello, whose bodies were never found after the Costa Concordia capsized on January 13, 2012, leaving 32 people dead. Specialist divers from the coastguard, fire brigade and police will search the area between the righted ship and the coast and other parts of the vessel which were previously off limits. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
GIGLIO PORTO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 22: A general view of the uprighted Costa Concordia is seen on September 22, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. The search will be resumed for the missing bodies of Maria Grazia Tricarichi and Russsel Rebello, whose bodies were never found after the Costa Concordia capsized on January 13, 2012, leaving 32 people dead. Specialist divers from the coastguard, fire brigade and police will search the area between the righted ship and the coast and other parts of the vessel which were previously off limits. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
GIGLIO PORTO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 22: A general view of the uprighted Costa Concordia is seen on September 22, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. The search will be resumed for the missing bodies of Maria Grazia Tricarichi and Russsel Rebello, whose bodies were never found after the Costa Concordia capsized on January 13, 2012, leaving 32 people dead. Specialist divers from the coastguard, fire brigade and police will search the area between the righted ship and the coast and other parts of the vessel which were previously off limits. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
GIGLIO PORTO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 22: A general view of the uprighted Costa Concordia is seen on September 22, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. The search will be resumed for the missing bodies of Maria Grazia Tricarichi and Russsel Rebello, whose bodies were never found after the Costa Concordia capsized on January 13, 2012, leaving 32 people dead. Specialist divers from the coastguard, fire brigade and police will search the area between the righted ship and the coast and other parts of the vessel which were previously off limits. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
GIGLIO PORTO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 22: A general view of the uprighted Costa Concordia is seen on September 22, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. The search will be resumed for the missing bodies of Maria Grazia Tricarichi and Russsel Rebello, whose bodies were never found after the Costa Concordia capsized on January 13, 2012, leaving 32 people dead. Specialist divers from the coastguard, fire brigade and police will search the area between the righted ship and the coast and other parts of the vessel which were previously off limits. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
GIGLIO PORTO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 22: A general view of the uprighted Costa Concordia is seen on September 22, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. The search will be resumed for the missing bodies of Maria Grazia Tricarichi and Russsel Rebello, whose bodies were never found after the Costa Concordia capsized on January 13, 2012, leaving 32 people dead. Specialist divers from the coastguard, fire brigade and police will search the area between the righted ship and the coast and other parts of the vessel which were previously off limits. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
GIGLIO PORTO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 22: A general view of the uprighted Costa Concordia is seen on September 22, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. The search will be resumed for the missing bodies of Maria Grazia Tricarichi and Russsel Rebello, whose bodies were never found after the Costa Concordia capsized on January 13, 2012, leaving 32 people dead. Specialist divers from the coastguard, fire brigade and police will search the area between the righted ship and the coast and other parts of the vessel which were previously off limits. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
GIGLIO PORTO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 24: A general view of the uprighted Costa Concordia is seen on September 24, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. Today the search resumed for the missing bodies of Maria Grazia Tricarichi and Russsel Rebello, whose bodies were never found after the Costa Concordia capsized on January 13, 2012, leaving 32 people dead. Specialist divers from the coastguard, fire brigade and police have begun searching the area between the righted ship and the coast and other parts of the vessel which were previously off limits. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
GIGLIO PORTO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 24: A close-up view of the uprighted Costa Concordia is seen on September 24, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. Today the search resumed for the missing bodies of Maria Grazia Tricarichi and Russsel Rebello, whose bodies were never found after the Costa Concordia capsized on January 13, 2012, leaving 32 people dead. Specialist divers from the coastguard, fire brigade and police have begun searching the area between the righted ship and the coast and other parts of the vessel which were previously off limits. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
GIGLIO PORTO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 24: A general view of the uprighted Costa Concordia is seen on September 24, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. Today the search resumed for the missing bodies of Maria Grazia Tricarichi and Russsel Rebello, whose bodies were never found after the Costa Concordia capsized on January 13, 2012, leaving 32 people dead. Specialist divers from the coastguard, fire brigade and police have begun searching the area between the righted ship and the coast and other parts of the vessel which were previously off limits. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
GIGLIO PORTO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 24: A view of the straightened ship Costa Concordia is seen on September 24, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. Today the search resumed for the missing bodies of Maria Grazia Tricarichi and Russsel Rebello, whose bodies were never found after the Costa Concordia capsized on January 13, 2012, leaving 32 people dead. Specialist divers from the coastguard, fire brigade and police have begun searching the area between the righted ship and the coast and other parts of the vessel which were previously off limits. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
GIGLIO PORTO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 24: Divers of the Nucleo Operatori Subacquei Guardia Costiera (Coast Guard) conduct a search operation onboard the Costa Concordia on September 24, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. Today the search resumed for the missing bodies of Maria Grazia Tricarichi and Russsel Rebello, whose bodies were never found after the Costa Concordia capsized on January 13, 2012, leaving 32 people dead. Specialist divers from the coastguard, fire brigade and police have begun searching the area between the righted ship and the coast and other parts of the vessel which were previously off limits. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
A detail of the ship straightened Costa Concordia is seen on September 24, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
GIGLIO PORTO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 24: A detail of the ship straightened Costa Concordia is seen on September 24, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. Today the search resumed for the missing bodies of Maria Grazia Tricarichi and Russsel Rebello, whose bodies were never found after the Costa Concordia capsized on January 13, 2012, leaving 32 people dead. Specialist divers from the coastguard, fire brigade and police have begun searching the area between the righted ship and the coast and other parts of the vessel which were previously off limits. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
Divers of the Nucleo Operatori Subacquei Guardia Costiera (Coast Guard) conduct a search operation onboard the Costa Concordia on September 24, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
GIGLIO PORTO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 24: Firefighters conduct a search operation onboard the Costa Concordia on September 24, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. Today the search resumed for the missing bodies of Maria Grazia Tricarichi and Russsel Rebello, whose bodies were never found after the Costa Concordia capsized on January 13, 2012, leaving 32 people dead. Specialist divers from the coastguard, fire brigade and police have begun searching the area between the righted ship and the coast and other parts of the vessel which were previously off limits. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
GIGLIO PORTO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 24: Divers of the Nucleo Operatori Subacquei Guardia Costiera (Coast Guard) and firefighters conduct a search operation onboard the Costa Concordia on September 24, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. Today the search resumed for the missing bodies of Maria Grazia Tricarichi and Russsel Rebello, whose bodies were never found after the Costa Concordia capsized on January 13, 2012, leaving 32 people dead. Specialist divers from the coastguard, fire brigade and police have begun searching the area between the righted ship and the coast and other parts of the vessel which were previously off limits. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
A Titan worker looks at the stricken ship while firefighters conduct a search operation onboard the Costa Concordia on September 24, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
Firefighters conduct a search operation onboard the Costa Concordia on September 24, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
Divers of the Nucleo Operatori Subacquei Guardia Costiera (Coast Guard) conduct a search operation onboard the Costa Concordia on September 24, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
Divers of the Nucleo Operatori Subacquei Guardia Costiera (Coast Guard) conduct a search operation onboard the Costa Concordia on September 24, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
Divers of the Nucleo Operatori Subacquei Guardia Costiera (Coast Guard) conduct a search operation onboard the Costa Concordia on September 24, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
GIGLIO PORTO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 24: Firefighters conduct a search operation onboard the Costa Concordia on September 24, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)

Gavin Jones

Divers have found what they believe to be the last two missing bodies from the sea where the Costa Concordia cruise liner sank last year off the Italian island of Giglio.

The huge ship was carrying more than 4,000 holidaymakers and crew when it capsized after striking rocks on Jan. 13, 2012, killing 32 people, including two whose bodies were not recovered.

The head of the civil protection agency Franco Gabrielli told reporters the remains discovered on Thursday were "absolutely consistent" with the two missing people, an Indian man and an Italian woman.

However, their identities could be definitively confirmed only after DNA testing, he added.

After lying on its side in shallow water ever since capsizing, the Costa Concordia was hauled upright last week in a complicated 19-hour salvage operation.

Recovering the submerged bodies after 20 months under the weight of the 114,500 tonne vessel was "almost a miracle," Gabrielli said.

It is due to be towed away from the Mediterranean holiday island, probably by next spring, and eventually broken up into scrap.

Online Editors

Independent.ie Comments Facility

INM has taken the decision to remove the commenting facility on its online platform Independent.ie to minimise the legal risk to our business that arises from Ireland's draconian libel awards system.

We continue to look forward to receiving comments through direct email contact or via social media, some of which may still be featured on the website Independent.ie


Editors Choice

Also in World News