Rescuers resumed work aboard of the wreck of the cruise liner Costa Concordia Thursday, the Italian Navy said, as a decision loomed about when and if to call off the search for survivors.
Authorities are considering when to change the operation from rescue to recovery, Coast Guard spokesman Cosimo Nicastro said Thursday.
At least 11 people are known to have been killed since the disaster, and about two dozen are still missing.
Declaring the operation to be recovery rather than rescue would allow salvage experts to start pumping fuel out of the ship, potentially averting an environmental catastrophe.
The ship was carrying about 2,300 tons of fuel when it hit rocks off the coast of the Italian island of Giglio on Friday night.FULL STORY