Five more bodies found inside Costa Concordia

Five more bodies found inside Costa Concordia

Five more bodies are reported to have been found inside capsized cruise ship Costa Concordia.

The news brings the total number of passengers and crew who have died as a result of the disaster to 11. The ship ran into rocks off the Tuscan island of Giglio on Friday.

Italian authorities have already reported that 29 people remain unaccounted for, including 14 German passengers, six Italians, four French citizens, two Americans and three people from Peru, India and Hungary. Four of them are crew.

Rescue teams have been blasting holes in the ship using expolosives as part of the search for any remaining survivors. However, it it thought highly unlikely there will be any more survivors at this stage.

Already Costa chairman Pier Luigi Foschi has said the unauthorised deviation from the ship’s route from the port of Rome route had been taken to “make a salute” and captain Francesco Schettino has been accused of sailing close to land to “show the ship to the port”.

The captain is being investigated by Italian prosecutors for possible manslaughter, abandoning ship and causing a shipwreck. Captain Schettino has been accused of leaving the vessel before ensuring that all of the 4,200 people aboard, including 35 Britons, were safely evacuated.

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