Divers searching the Costa Concordia which has been in the sea for 20 months have come across more remains, thought to be human. Divers working the area where the Costa Concordia is being recovered have come across what they believe to be human remains from the sea off Tuscany where the cruise liner sank last year. The latest discovery was announced by Franco Gabrielli, the head of Italy’s civil protection agency, the organisation in charge of the wreck.
Mr Gabrielli announced last week that, in what was described as “almost a miracle”, human remains had been found following the refloating of the 114,500-ton vessel.
In total thirty-two people died when the ship capsized after striking rocks close to the island of Giglop, in January last year. The number was confirmed after the bodies of 30 victimes were found, however the bodies of an Indian man and an Italian woman were not found.
Experts are planning to go inside the ship to retrieve some of the Concordia’s computers, to try to discover why backup generators and other equipment failed to work immediately after the collision.
Just over two weeks ago the ship was hauled upright, which was the result of a long and complicated salvage operation.
It is due to be towed away from the Mediterranean holiday island, probably by next spring, and eventually broken up for scrap.
The Concordia’s captain, Francesco Schettino, is on trial for alleged manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning ship during a confused and delayed evacuation.