Costa Concordia: Remains Found Near Wrecked Cruise Liner in Italy

Thursday, 26 Sep 2013 06:34 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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Human remains were found near the wreckage of the Costa Concordia after engineers were able to flip it over this week, possibly answering the question of what happened to two people who were missing and presumed dead.

The cruise ship capsized in January, killing 32 people. That number includes the two who are missing, Russel Rebello and Maria Grazia Trecarichi, CNN said. It had been assumed their bodies were trapped in the ship’s wreckage.

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Rebello was a waiter on the ship and Trecarichi was on a 50th birthday cruise with her teenage daughter. The daughter survived.

The ship struck rocks near Giglio Island when it capsized, and Capt. Francesco Schettino is being charged with manslaughter, as well as other crimes, including abandoning ship.

It’s alleged that Schettino brought the ship in too close to the island to pay respects to a retired captain living there. He is on trial next week, according to CNN. Other crew members were charged with various crimes.

Divers will recover the remains, USA Today reported, and DNA tests will be used to confirm identities.

Now that the ship is righted, investigators plan to enter the ship to get access to its computers, USA Today said. Information there may help determine why equipment failures occurred when the ship crashed.

The ship is badly damaged on the side that laid on the sea floor.

“No one knew exactly how much damage had been done to the hull over the last 20 months,” Nick Sloane, the chief salvage master, told CBS News. “She has been flexing on the seaway for 20 months, and you never know when it’s going to fatigue.”

The news station reported that the ship will be assessed to determine how to get it floating again.

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