13 Confirmed Dead on Italian Ship as Woman's Body Found

Divers find the body of a woman in the wreck of the Costa Concordia, bringing the number of confirmed dead to 13.

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Costa Concordia after accident
Costa Concordia after accident
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Divers on Sunday found the body of a woman in the wreck of the cruise ship Costa Concordia, bringing the number of people confirmed dead to 13, the BBC reported.

According to the report, Italian fire service divers found the body on deck seven of the vessel, about 10 meters below the water line. Rescue workers are still looking for 20 people who are believed to be missing.

Officials told the BBC the woman who was found was wearing a life-jacket. Only eight of the 13 bodies discovered have so far been identified.

Four of the victims were French, one was Italian, one Hungarian, one Spanish and one German, officials were quoted as having said. The identity of a woman whose body was found on Saturday has yet to be established, along with those of three men discovered previously.

The head of the Civil Protection Agency, Franco Gabrielli, told the BBC the woman may be a Hungarian who was reported missing but was not on the ship’s embarkation list.

He added that there could have been more “illegals” on board, referring to people who were not registered to be on the vessel but were on it anyway.

Last week it was reported that search teams have "indefinitely" ended operations aboard the Italian luxury cruise ship.

The ship has been stuck in the seabed off the Tuscany coast since Friday night, January 13, when it ran aground on a sandbar near the island of Giglio, off western Italy. 

The ship’s captain has been accused of causing the shipwreck, manslaughter and abandoning his ship before all 3,200 passengers and 1,000 crew members were safely evacuated from the vessel as it sank.

Among those who were rescued were seven Israelis, and a Jewish couple from Florida on their honeymoon.