Search of submerged cruise ship called off
Published 01/02/2012 | 05:00
ITALIAN emergency staff are ending the search for missing people in the submerged part of the Costa Concordia cruise ship due to the danger to rescue workers.
Italy's Civil Protection agency said yesterday that technical studies indicated the deformed hull of the ship created too many safety concerns to continue the search within it.
Relatives of the missing and diplomatic officials representing their countries have been informed of the decision, it said in a statement.
A spokeswoman for Civil Protection, Francesca Maffini, stressed that the search for the missing would continue wherever possible.
Seventeen bodies have been recovered, of which one has not yet been identified. Sixteen people are listed as still missing but are now presumed dead.