Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Cruise ship divers find 16th body

A 16th body has been found inside the Costa Concordia cruise ship (AP)

Divers searching the sunken cruise ship Costa Concordia have found another body.

The discovery on the third floor deck brings the number of bodies found since the January 13 accident to 16.

The body was found as a large platform carrying a crane and other equipment hitched itself to the ship, signalling the start of preliminary operations to remove a half-million gallons of fuel from the its tanks.

Actual pumping of the oil is not expected to begin until Saturday, and will continue in tandem with search and rescue operations.