Monday, January 16, 2012

Cruise Liner Capsizes: Rescue Team Resumes Cruise Liner Search

The search for 16 people still missing after the capsizing of the cruise liner Costa Concordia has resumed following an earlier suspension after the ship moved, according to a fire brigade spokesman.

The vessel hit an underwater reef off the coast of Tuscany on Friday, tearing a 70-metre hole in the hull and causing it to tip onto its side.

The Costa Concordia has been balanced on the rocks since the accident but the weather earlier took a turn for the worse causing it to begin to slip, fire brigade officials said.
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However, as the weather improved, officials said their search could resume.
Uncertainty over the stability of the vessel means search operations will now only be conducted in daylight hours, fire service spokesman Luca Cari added.

There were also growing fears that fuel would leak from the ruptured hull of the stricken vessel, polluting the popular summer tourist destination.

Giglio mayor Sergio Ortelli said: "This is an ecological timebomb. Read More