The damaged side of the capsized cruise liner Costa
Concordia is seen at the end of the 'parbuckling' salvage
operation earlier this month. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Divers have recovered what they believe could be the
remains of the last two missing bodies from the sea where the
Costa Concordia cruise liner sank last year off the Italian
island of Giglio.
The huge ship was carrying more than 4,000 holidaymakers and
crew when it capsized after striking rocks on January 13,
2012, killing 32 people, including two whose bodies were not
The head of the civil protection agency, Franco Gabrielli,
told reporters the remains discovered were "absolutely
consistent" with the two missing people - an Indian man and
an Italian woman.
However, their identities could be confirmed only after DNA
testing, he said.
After lying on its side in shallow water ever since
capsizing, the Costa Concordia was hauled upright last week
in a complicated 19-hour salvage operation.
Recovering the human remains after 20 months under the weight
of the 114,500 tonne vessel was "almost a miracle," Gabrielli
said. A spokeswmoman for the civil protection agency all that
was left of the bodies were bone fragments.
The ship is due to be towed away from the Mediterranean
holiday island, probably by next spring, and eventually
broken up into scrap.