Search continues for Italy cruise survivors

Rescuers use explosives to cleave their way into Costa Concordia more than a week after it flipped over off the coast of Italy.

January 21, 2012 14:38
Firefighters search for Italian cruise survivors

Firefighters search for Italian cruise survivors 311. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Italian firefighters on Saturday continued searching for 21 people who went missing a week ago when the Costa Concordia cruise ship flipped over.

"We still hope that there is someone alive and maybe someone already returned home and didn't show up," said Coast Guard spokesman Filippo Marini. "We will continue the search until we are absolutely sure there is nobody left inside."

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At least 11 were killed in the tragedy, after its captain, Francesco Schettino, reportedly steered the ship too close to a reef. Schettino was arrested on charges of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship, Italian police said.

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