January 22nd, 2012
05:28 AM ET

Italy cruise ship rescuers search on despite fading hope

Italian crews resumed search-and-rescue efforts on the partly-sunken Costa Concordia on Sunday after halting overnight because the cruise liner was moving, authorities said.

The efforts resumed in the part of the vessel that is above water, said Francesca Maffino, a spokeswoman for the head of civil protection.

A 12th body was found within the ship Saturday afternoon, according to Italian authorities, with at least 20 people still missing since it ran aground off the island of Giglio on January 13.

The body of a woman wearing a life jacket was discovered in an area of the ship that was under water, Maffini said.

A committee comprising the parties involved in the rescue told a briefing for reporters and residents on the island that search and rescue efforts will continue - but that the environmental risk is also becoming urgent.

Officials said they cannot predict how long it will take to clear the wreckage, since that depends on maritime conditions and technical difficulties, but all legal, environmental and human factors will be taken into account.

"It's time for Italy to show it can do something right and do it well," Gabrielli said.

Gabrielli, who leads Italy's civil protection agency, warned that the task ahead was complicated and daunting, not least because it takes about 45 minutes to search each cabin, using special cameras and divers.

The giant Costa Concordia had 1,500 cabins on board.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    The more I think about this, the less I blame the Captain and the more I blame the people who would hire a man like him to be responsible for such an enormous ship and so many lives.
    Schettino was probably unaware of his inadequacy, and he should have been supervised.

    January 22, 2012 at 5:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Яight Wing Иutcase"

      I can just about visualize an owner of a cruise line saying: I need someone that can turn around the Concordia crew right away, we need to get these tour groups on and back off, as fast as we can go. Schettino likes to drink? Why we all drink ...who cares...go get him.

      January 22, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. StolenIdeas.Org - FaceAnswers.com - ghostNASA.com - 9y999.com - TPTBH.com

    Costa Concordia ship could be sliced in several pieces to move it from the place where it is now!


    January 22, 2012 at 5:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. TORI c

    Yes Joey. I agree.

    January 22, 2012 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |

    i blame god... he put the rock there...

    January 22, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. Scottish Mama

    I thought they we going to tether the ship to the shore? How many tugs would it take to push it back on shore or even up on shore?
    Also I would like to say that rescue (recovery) crews never get credit for the hours they put into seaching, rescuing and recovery, Do your best, The cruise line needs to get some money and tugs our there to help the search people. Not do damaged (media) control.

    January 22, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    Al troll:
    Mia amica TORI sempre scrive ©, non c.

    January 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Donna

    god bless the families and everone helping may they find all the people left so they can go home

    January 22, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    Not the Donna I know at 1:02.

    January 22, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Яight Wing Иutcase"


    Before its all said and done, after all the wrongfull death lawsuits are filed for each of the deceased, the collective liability is probably about $26 million at the least. You couple that with the cost of the resue effort and finally the cost of a luxury cruise ship. Maybe, just maybe, that will be enough to bankrupt them. That would set an example.

    January 22, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    Anything that has blogspot in its web address....um....no.

    January 22, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    I think it's commendable that they would keep searching.

    January 22, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    @ Jeff Frank:
    I was aware that I was writing against the company's solvency.
    I don't know all of the numbers, but I did try to see how long it takes for that kind of ship to pay for itself.
    Regarding our liking an occasional glass of wine or "two beers," didn't the company know how much Schettino drank?

    January 22, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. rooney©

    The search and rescue crews are doing such an admirable job. I just read that they recently discovered a thirteenth body. It must be extremely difficult to do what they do.

    January 23, 2012 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |