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Divers search ship, sea floor

Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 02:32

Jan. 19 - Divers used torches to illuminate the dark corridors of the Costa Concordia as search and recovery efforts moved into their sixth day. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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Rough Cut (no reporter narration) Divers used torches to illuminate the dark corridors of the Costa Concordia as search and recovery efforts moved into their sixth day. Rough Cut (no reporter narration) Italian police on Thursday (January 19) released video of rescue divers searching through the submerged part of the capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia off the Tuscan island of Giglio. The video shows the divers using torches to illuminate the dark corridors of the ship. The large bell of the ship can be seen hanging from a submerged part of the vessel. The divers can also be seen near the cruise liner's large anchor on the sea floor. Rescue workers earlier in the day blasted holes into the wreck of the ship to facilitate the search of missing passengers. Officials said the search and rescue operation would continue as long as needed. However, time is running out with weather conditions expected to worsen and salvage crews waiting to start pumping out the vessel's fuel tanks. Six days after the 114,500 tonne Costa Concordia capsized off the Italian coast, hopes of finding anyone alive on the partially submerged hulk have all but disappeared and the cold waters around the ship have become noticeably rougher. One of the specialist diving crews said on Thursday the available window could be as small as 12-24 hours although the chief spokesman of the rescue services denied that any deadline had been set and added the situation was still evolving. Eleven people are known to have died out of more than 4,200 passengers and crew aboard when the ship struck a rock just meters from the shoreline, tearing a large gash in the side of the hull. As many as 24 are still unaccounted for. Two French passengers were identified among the dead on Thursday.

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Divers search ship, sea floor

Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 02:32