Cruise ship toll rises
17 January 2012, 10:15
Rome - Rescuers found a body in the wreckage of the
luxury liner Costa Concordia early on Tuesday, bringing to seven the
death toll after it ran aground off the coast of Italy, daily La Stampa
said on its website.
The body had not yet been recovered, the
report said, quoting rescue workers. A further 28 people remained
missing, La Stampa said.
The captain of the cruise ship that
capsized off Tuscany made an unauthorised, unapproved deviation from the
ship's programmed course, a "human error" that led to the grounding of
the vessel, the chief executive of ship's Italian owner said on Monday.
comments from Costa Crociere chairperson and CEO Pier Luigi Foschi
ramped up the pressure on the captain, who already is under
investigation by authorities for suspected manslaughter and as well as
allegations he abandoned ship before the passengers were safe, violating
the Italian navigation code.
The Costa Concordia ran into a reef
on Friday night and capsized into the port area of Giglio, sparking a
frantic evacuation of those onboard. Coast Guard officials have
expressed concern that the ship might slip off the rocks where it is
On Monday, the rescue operation was called off
as weather worsened. Foschi said it wasn't because the ship had shifted
but because divers heard "sounds" coming from inside and didn't know
what was causing them.