A sixth body has been found in the wreckage of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that capsized off the coast of Tuscany.
ROME (AP) — Rescuers raced against time and increasingly turbulent waters Monday in search of survivors from the capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship off the Tuscan coast, while prosecutors focused on the captain, who is accused of abandoning the ship well before passengers were safely evacuated.
A sixth body was discovered in the overturned vessel as the rescue mission entered its third day; 16 passengers and crew were still missing after the ship carrying 4,200 struck a reef off the island of Giglio. The body of the male passenger was spotted in a corridor of the part of the Costa Concordia still above water, fire department spokesman Luca Cari said. The victim was wearing a life vest.
“We are still working to pull the body out of the ship,” Cari told The Associated Press. “The sea conditions make it difficult to get into the ship.”
The number of the missing was raised after relatives of two Sicilian women who had been listed among those safely evacuated after Friday night’s grounding told authorities they not heard from them.