23 Mar 2012

More bodies found near cruise liner wreck

2:23 pm on 23 March 2012

Five more bodies have been found from the capsize of the Costa Concordia, bringing the number found to 30.

The BBC is reporting Italian authorities as saying the bodies were found in a small space between the wreck and the sea bed.

Two people remain missing from the grounding of the cruise liner on 13 January.

The Costa Concordia was carrying more than 4000 passengers and crew when its hull was torn open by rocks.

The ship's captain, Francesco Schettino, was accused by prosecutors of causing the accident by steering the ship too close to the island's shore.

He denies charges of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship before all those aboard were evacuated.

Salvage experts say they are close to completing the operation to remove all the oil from the ship's 17 tanks.

Although they said that some fuel remained in the bulkheads of the tanks, the oil involved was in "such small quantities as to pose no significant environment risk".