Fifteen still missing from Italian ship disaster

By REUTERS
January 16, 2012 07:37

 
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GIGLIO, Italy - Italian rescue workers searched the half submerged hulk of a stricken cruise ship for 15 people still missing on Monday, more than 48 hours after the huge vessel capsized, killing at least five and injuring more than 60.

The captain of the 114,500 tonne Costa Concordia was arrested on Saturday, accused of manslaughter and abandoning his ship before all of the more than 4,200 passengers and crew had been evacuated off the west coast of Italy.

Francesco Schettino's employers, Costa Crociere, said in a statement on Sunday that he appeared to have made "serious errors of judgment" and had brought the ship too close to shore, where it struck a rock that tore a large hole in the hull.

Three people, a South Korean honeymoon couple and a member of the ship's crew, were rescued on Sunday and police divers also recovered the bodies of two elderly men, still wearing emergency life jackets.

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