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Five More Bodies Found In Cruise Wreck


Rescuers have been continuing to search for survivors of the wreck of the "Costa Concordia."
Rescuers have found five more bodies in the wreckage of the Italian cruise ship that collided with rocks off Italy's west coast, raising the confirmed death toll to 11.

That leaves 24 people, including several German tourists, unaccounted for,

Italian coast guard, Marco Brusco, had earlier said that 29 people were still missing from the "Costa Concordia." He said only a "glimmer of hope" remained of finding any survivors, and that searches were continuing.

The ship capsized after it hit rocks on on January 13 with 4,200 people on board.

Reports say that about 10 Germans are feared to be among those who are dead or missing.

Confirmed and identified fatalities include one Italian, one Spanish, two French, and a Peruvian.

No oil spill has been detected so far, amid growing fears of an ecological disaster if the ship's fuel tanks break.

The owner of the ship has blamed the disaster on a navigational error by the ship's captain.

A judge has ruled that Captain Francesco Schettino should be released from prison and placed under house arrest while he awaits trial on accusations of multiple homicide and abandoning ship while passengers were still on board.

compiled from agency reports