1. Disaster

    Rescuers Blow Holes in Cruise Ship

    Italian naval divers approach the cruise ship Costa Concordia in the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012. Italian naval divers on Tuesday exploded holes in the hull of a cruise ship that grounded near a Tuscan island to speed the search for 29 missing passengers and crew while the seas remain relatively calm. The search intensified as prosecutors prepared to question the captain, who is accused of causing the wreck that left at least six dead by making a maneuver that the Italian cruise operator said was "unapproved and unauthorized." (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Gregorio Borgia / AP Photo

    Rescuers blasted holes in the side of the stricken Costa Concordia cruise ship in a final attempt to get at anyone trapped inside. The number of people missing rose to 29, including an American couple. Six people are known to have died in the crash. The ship's owners blame Capt. Francesco Schettino for the disaster, saying he took the ship off course toward the island where it ran aground, apparently to come within sight of the head waiter's family home. After running aground, Schettino reportedly dithered to the point that his crew mutinied and began evacuating the boat themselves. Schettino is also accused of abandoning the ship before the evacuation is complete. He faces up to 15 years in prison for manslaughter.

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