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Underwater Search Of Italian Ship Abandoned

Rescuers pass in a small boat near the stricken cruise liner "Costa Concordia" lying aground in front of the Isola del Giglio.
Italian divers say they have "definitively stopped" their search for bodies underwater inside the capsized cruise ship "Costa Concordia," after conditions in the water became too unsafe and hampered the search.

The civil protection agency said emergency crews will, however, continue to inspect the part of the ship that is above the water line and use specialist equipment to check whether there could be any corpses on the sea bed.

The "Costa Concordia" had more than 4,000 people on board when it capsized off Tuscany on January 13.

Seventeen people have been confirmed dead and another 15 are still missing.

Experts say work to recover the vessel may take up to 10 months.

Compiled from agency reports