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COSTA CONCORDIA 16th Body Found in Shipwreck AP Photo

16th Body Found in Shipwreck

Italian divers found another body in the wreckage of the submerged cruise ship, the Costa Concordia, on Tuesday, bringing the official death toll up to 16. The body was found on the third-floor deck, and officials did not confirm the reports in Italian media that the body was a woman. Divers found the body as a large platform carrying a crane and other equipment hitched itself to the shipwreck as part of a preliminary operation to remove 500,000 gallons of fuel from the ship’s tank to prevent environmental disaster. Actual pumping of the fuel will begin on Saturday, in tandem with search and rescue operations. Seventeen passengers and crew members have yet to be accounted for.

January 24, 2012 9:38 AM