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Survivors speak of cruise disaster

The first victim from the Costa Concordia disaster has been identified - a 38-year-old violinist from Hungary who had been working as an entertainer on the stricken cruise ship.

Sandor Feher's body was found inside the wreck and identified by his mother, who had travelled to the Italian city of Grosseto, according to Hungary's foreign ministry.

The cruise ship was carrying more than 4,200 passengers and crew when it hit a reef and leaned over onto its side on Friday, off the tiny Italian island of Giglio after the captain made an unauthorised detour on his route.

Eleven people have been confirmed dead but the number of missing dropped to 21 after a German passenger who was listed as missing was found alive in Germany, the Grosseto prefect's office reported.

Italian officials have only released 27 names so far, including 12 Germans, six Italians, four French, two Americans and one person each from Hungary, India and Peru.

Jozsef Balog, a pianist who worked with Feher on the ship, told the Blikk newspaper that he was wearing a lifejacket when he decided to return to his cabin to get his violin. Feher was last seen on deck en route to the area where he was supposed to board a lifeboat.

According to Balog, Feher helped put lifejackets on several crying children before returning to his cabin.

Others among the missing include a five-year-old Italian girl and her father, an American couple from Michigan, several German pensioners and crew members from Peru and India.

Jerry and Barbara Heil - from White Bear Lake, a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota, US - were described by colleagues as devout Catholics. Sarah Heil, their daughter, told WBBM radio in Chicago that her parents had been looking forward to their holiday after raising four children and sending them all off to college.

"They never had any money," she said. "So when they retired, they went travelling. And this was to be a big deal - a 16-day trip. They were really excited about it."

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