Thursday, 26 September 2013

Remains found on Costa Concordia

Human remains have been found on the wrecked Costa Concordia, possibly answering what happened to the last two missing passengers of the cruise liner that ran aground off Italy's Giglio Island in 2012, a spokesman for the head of Italy's civil protection agency said Thursday.

Divers will try to recover the remains, which were found on deck 4, on Thursday afternoon, the spokesman said.

During a search in the water near the central part of the ship, coast guard and police divers found remains which still have to be identified with DNA," Italy's civil protection agency said in a statement on Thursday.

An Indian waiter, Russel Rebello, and Italian passenger Maria Grazia Trecarichi were reported missing, presumed dead, after the disaster.

Civil protection chief Franco Gabrielli told reporters on Giglio that relatives of the two were notified after divers saw remains on Thursday morning, the Associated Press news agency reports.

The remains were spotted in the sea near the central part of the ship, where survivors had said the two were last seen, the agency adds.

The discovery comes a week after engineers finally righted the ship, which capsized when it ran aground in January 2012, killing 32 of the 4,200 people on board.

The toll of 32 includes two people whose bodies have yet to be recovered: Russel Rebello of India and Maria Grazia Trecarichi of Sicily.

Thursday 26 September 2013


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