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Salvage Workers Ready to Clean Up Costa Concordia Crash

David McAlpine |
January 17, 2012 | 10:44 p.m. PST

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The Costa Concordia in 2009. (Photo courtesy of Creative Commons)
The Costa Concordia in 2009. (Photo courtesy of Creative Commons)
Officials say salvage work is scheduled to begin Wednesday on the cruise ship that crashed off the coast of Italy late last week now that rescuers have searched the part of the vessel that is above water.

Five more bodies were found in the rear of the ship on Tuesday, bringing the death toll to 11. 24 people are still missing.

Experts say the risk of a major fuel leak is extremely low, something Italian officials were concerned about immediately after the crash. Now salvage workers say they're prepared to drill through the ship and gather the more than 2,000 tons of fuel still left in the vessel's tanks.

Earlier Tuesday, officials released a recording of the ship's captain, Francesco Schettino, arguing with a coast guard official about returning to the ship while evacuations were happening.

From BBC News:

In the recording, released by the Corriere della Sera newspaper, Livorno Port Authority chief Gregorio de Falco can be heard repeatedly telling the captain to get back on board the ship to help the stranded passengers.

"Schettino, maybe you saved yourself from the sea, but I'll make you have trouble for sure. Go aboard," says Mr De Falco.

The captain appears to refuse, replying first that there are rescuers already on board, and then that it is dark and difficult to see.
Mr De Falco replies: "Do you want to go home, Schettino? It's dark, so you want to go home?"

Coastguards believe he never went back to the ship. He was arrested shortly afterwards.

But during a court hearing on Tuesday, the captain said he could not get on board the vessel because it was lying on its side.

Schettino is under house arrest and faces charges of abandoning ship, causing a ship wreck and involuntary manslaughter.

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