September 26, 2013

Divers find human remains near Concordia shipwreck

The remains were spotted in the sea near the central part of the ship. They will undergo DNA analysis to determine their identity.

The Associated Press

ROME — Divers have spotted human remains near the shipwrecked Costa Concordia off an Italian island, and authorities say DNA tests will determine if they are those of two victims whose bodies were never found.

The search for the last of the 32 dead resumed after the capsized cruise liner was rotated upward last week in a salvage operation 20 months after the Concordia crashed into a reef off Giglio Island on Jan. 13, 2012. Civil Protection chief Franco Gabrielli told reporters on Giglio that relatives of the two victims — a female Italian passenger and a male Indian waiter — were notified after divers saw remains Thursday morning.

The remains were spotted in the sea near the central part of the ship, where survivors had said the two were last seen.

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