Costa Concordia | 29 Passengers Still Missing

Posted on 18 Jan 2012 at 9:15am

For the intense waves, rescuers should avoid constantly moving objects in the half-submerged hull of Costa Concordia cruise. Forecast says the weather will degrade.

A member of the Coast Guard said late Monday that 29 people remain missing from the 16 previously thought. In the new list, there are 14 Germans, six Italians, four Frenchmen, two Americans, a Hungarian, a Peruvian and an Indian.

“This is not an easy task on a ship as large and complex, “said Giuseppe Minciotti, director of the Italian School for first responders in caves and who leads a rescue unit from Vicenza.” There are many things moving, furniture, beds, and closets. It is very dangerous and we must be very careful, “he said in an interview on a ferry that was returning to the island of Giglio.

Until now officially six bodies were found, although sources claims that are actually seven, since there would be another body which has been sighted but could not be removed. This version was not confirmed by the Coast Guard.

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Firemen patrol near the Costa Concordia cruiseship on January 16, 2012 in the harbor of the Tuscan island of Giglio after it ran aground and keeled over off the Isola del Giglio after hitting underwater rocks on January 13. The owner of the luxury liner that ran aground off the coast of Italy, killing at least six people, said its captain had made "errors of judgment" as the search continued for the missing. "It seems that the commander made errors of judgement that had serious consequences," said a statement from the liner's owner Costa Crociere, referring to Captain Francesco Schettino. "The route followed by the ship was not the right one," Verusio said, accusing Schettino of having "approached Giglio island in a very clumsy manner." AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
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