Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Remains of Concordia victim found

Kevin Rebello, from India, shows two pictures of his brother Russel, a waiter on the Costa Concordia ship (AP)

Divers searching the submerged wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship have found the remains of one of the two people still missing from the 2012 disaster.

The remains are believed to be those of Russel Rebello, an Indian waiter, the Italian commissioner in charge of the Concordia clean-up said. They were found on Tuesday on the third deck.

Thirty-two people died when the Concordia slammed into a reef off the Tuscan island of Giglio and capsized on January 13, 2012. The bodies of Mr Rebello and an Italian woman, Maria Grazia Trecarichi, were not recovered.

Divers have been able to access areas of the ship that were previously off-limits following the massive operation to right it last month. Officials have said the priority was to locate the remaining two bodies.