Monday, 28 July 2014

Costa Concordia: Divers begin search for missing Indian waiter

The search is on for the missing body of an Indian waiter who died while helping passengers escape from a sinking cruise liner near an Italian island in January 2012.

Russell Rebello, 33, had been ushering passengers off the doomed Costa Concordia and never made it off the ship alive.

Thirty-two people died after the Costa Concordia capsized and sank after smashing into rocks off the Italian island of Giglio on the night of Jan. 13, 2012. Two-and-a-half years since the disaster, all of the bodies have been recovered except Rebello’s.

The wrecked vessel pulled into the Italian port of Genoa on July 27 to be scrapped after a four-day journey from the disaster site, according to the Times of India.

The top priority of officials will be to begin the search for Rebello’s body, which may have been trapped in a previously inaccessible part of the ship.

Investigators are hopeful of finding his remains as the ship salvage operation has now begun in full force, added the report.

The Concordia was one of the most luxurious cruise ships to sail the ocean and had many restaurants, bars, a spa and a casino onboard. At 290 meters, it was longer than the Titanic.

Divers are now beginning the search for Rebello’s remains, which have become entombed in the ship.

According to the Daily Mail, Rebello was last seen ushering passengers to safety in rescue boats.

The ship had 4,229 passengers and crew from 70 countries, many of whom jumped into the sea as lifeboat pulleys failed.

Monday 28 July 2014


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