Human Remains Found Near Costa Concordia Shipwreck Scene

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Divers have spotted human remains near the shipwrecked Costa Concordia off an Italian island, and authorities say DNA tests will determine if they are those of two victims whose bodies were never found.

The search for the last of the 32 dead resumed after the capsized cruise liner was rotated upward last week in a salvage operation 20 months after the Concordia crashed into a reef off Giglio Island on Jan. 13, 2012. Civil Protection chief Franco Gabrielli told reporters on Giglio that relatives of the two victims - a female Italian passenger and a male Indian waiter - were notified after divers saw remains Thursday morning.

The remains were spotted in the sea near the central part of the ship, where survivors had said the two were last seen.

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Engineers say they have succeeded in wresting the hull of the shipwrecked Concordia from an Italian reef where it has been embedded since it capsized in January 2012.

Engineer Sergio Girotto told reporters Monday that the crippled vessel wouldn't budge for some three hours after the operation to right it began. After 6,000 tons of force were applied, Girotto said "we saw the detachment" using undersea cameras.

He said the cameras did not immediately reveal any sign of two bodies that were never recovered from the 32 who died during the disaster.


A fierce thunderstorm has delayed the start of a daring bid to raise upright the Costa Concordia cruise ship which capsized off the coast of Italy in 2012.

Italy's Civil Protection chief Franco Gabrielli said the storm, which hit Giglio Island at about 1 a.m. Monday, hadn't been forecast.

The storm delayed the positioning close to the shipwreck of a barge carrying a remote control room where engineers will work using pulleys and counterweights to delicately nudge the Concordia free from its rocky seabed perch outside the harbor. They aim to raise it 65 degrees to vertical for eventual towing.

The Concordia crashed into a reef in January 2012, killing 32 people.

Gabrielli said the operation should start at about 8 a.m.

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