Diving crews continued their search for the 21 missing passengers from the Costa Concordia cruise ship that crashed off the coast of Tuscany last week. The crews were forced to suspend underwater searches because of the ship's tenuous and unstable resting place, but continued to search above the waterline. The current search mission is focusing on an area where passengers would've sought life boats.
The Costa Concordia was carrying 4,200 passengers when it crashed into rocks along the coast of Tuscany. Eleven people have been confirmed dead. Captain Francesco Schettino was immediately jailed after he abandoned the ship before everyone was safely evacuated, is currently on house arrest, and faces manslaughter charges for causing a shipwreck and abandoning his ship. Reports earlier this week revealed that Schettino took an uncharted route when he hit the rocks. The Carnival Corporation, which owns Costa Cruises, is launching an investigation into the safety and emergency response procedures of all the company's cruise lines.
Authorities stated on Friday that they would have to wait and see if it would be safe enough for crews to continue searching underwater for the 21 missing passengers. Sadly, they also noted that it is unlikely that those individuals are still alive. The Concordia's movements are being closely watched since the ship may be teetering precariously on a reef and will eventually slip into the water. The sea floor that is several yards in front of the boat drops off sharply, and experts are concerned that the boat will sink altogether, potentially creating a dangerous situation for divers searching for survivors or remains. Costa Cruises also faces a class action lawsuit in the US.
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