Sunday 18 February 2018

Divers find bodies near Concordia

Costa Concordia: raised
Costa Concordia: raised

Frances D'Emilio in Rome

DIVERS have found human remains near Italy's Costa Concordia cruise ship, and DNA tests will determine if they are the last two bodies missing among the shipwreck's 32 victims, authorities said.

The search for the remains of an Italian female passenger and an Indian waiter resumed after the capsized luxury liner was rotated upright last week in an unprecedented marine salvage operation 20 months after it crashed into a reef off Giglio Island.

Civil Protection chief Franco Gabrielli said he had immediately notified the victims' relatives, who had travelled to the island in hopes their loved ones' remains could be found.

Coast Guard and Customs Service divers located the remains near the central part of the ship, where survivors had said the two were last seen.

Police divers will remove the remains for examination by forensic experts.

The side of the ship where the remains were found was badly smashed in after lying submerged since it capsized on January 13, 2012. Experts plan to go inside the ship, retrieve some of the Concordia's computers, and try to determine why backup generators failed to work immediately after the collision.

The Concordia's captain, Francesco Schettino, is on trial for alleged manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning ship during a confused and delayed evacuation.

Irish Independent

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