Thursday, January 19, 2012

Update: Divers Recommence Their Search for the Missing

As a follow-up to my previous postings on the fate of the Costa Concordia, Italian divers recommenced their search for 21 missing people from the ship earlier today (January 19), yet a forecast of rough seas is adding uncertainty to the operation and for plans to begin pumping fuel from the stranded vessel.

COMMENT: The number of dead from the "accident" remains at eleven. Divers are now focusing on an evacuation route on the fourth level, now about 60 feet (18 meters) below the water's surface, where five bodies were found earlier this week. Italy's environment minister has warned of the ecological implications if the ship sinks or the half-million gallons of fuel leaks, since the area is close to a marine sanctuary for whales, dolphins and porpoises.

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