Divers have recovered three bodies from the wreck of the cruise shipCosta Concordia. Two female bodies were recovered on desk 4 near the Internet Cafe. An additional female body was recovered earlier, but was not on the list of missing registered passengers. This has made a big problem in knowing how many people are missing because no one knows how many unregistered passengers were aboard ship. One report states that the vessel that boards the vessel has their photograph taken when they go up the gangplank. An officer from the Concordia stated that the vessel kept electronic records of passengers and there was not a possibility of stowaways.
On January 24, another body was recovered by divers searching on bridge 3 making the total recovered to 16.
Salvage crews report that they have been given the go-ahead to begin pumping out fuel oil, diesel and lubricants from the vessel. The 2,400 tons of fuel oil will be the highest priority. The operation is slated to begin January 24th and should take more than 4 weeks to finish. Salvors will attach steel moorings to the front of the vessel and another oil boom will be placed around the vessel to contain any pollution released.
Firefighters continue to search the cruise ship for survivors as air runs out for those trapped on board. A couple from South Korea on their honeymoon were found alive. They were on deck 8 when they found the emergency exits blocked. They spent the night screaming to attraction attention in the cold and dark. Rescuers reported they were in good shape and they stated they will be plan a “second” honeymoon, but they will not be doing a cruise again.
The head purser was also rescued. As he was helping people reach the lifeboats, he decided to check the dining room on deck 3 to see if anyone had been left behind. In the dining room he slipped and fell breaking his leg. He laid there until rescuers were able to winch him out of the vessel. He was reported in good condition and be treated at hospital.
Two Bodies Recovered, 17 Missing
Two men who did not survive were found by Coast Guard divers. The two men were in the starboard-aft section on the area designated as the “third bridge”. The two elderly men had life vests on and were found near their designated collection point. This leaves some 11 passengers and 6 crew still missing. Some passengers have been found or had already left the vessel prior to the sailing to the Island of Giglio.
Salvage Firm Hired
The salvage company Smit has been contracted to remove the fuel off the Costa Concordia. The company has stated they will begin pumping operations after search and recovery is completed. It will take more than two weeks to pump the 2400 tons of fuel off the vessel.