Rough Seas Curb Costa Search

Weather also postpones fuel extraction from cruise ship
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2012 3:07 PM CST
Rough Seas Curb Costa Search
In this frame taken from video footage provided by SMIT Salvage Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, a diver uses special gear during preparations for oil recovery from the grounded cruise ship Costa Concordia.   (AP Photo/SMIT Salvage)

Rough seas delayed efforts to search and salvage the Costa Concordia cruise ship near Italy's Tuscan coast today, MSNBC reports. Rescue divers, who have found a 17th body on board, made for shore to await better weather conditions. The high winds also postponed plans to start extracting 500,000 gallons of fuel from the Concordia. A barge with pumping equipment is expected to reattach itself to the capsized ship and pump fuel out next week. But that may take up to a month.

Sixteen people still haven't been found since the ship struck rocks and turned over on Jan. 13; the AP has published a list of the Costa Concordia's dead and missing thus far. Costa, the company that owns the cruise liner, will likely offer a waste disposal plan and review offers to remove the ship tomorrow. Meanwhile US and Italian lawyers are organizing lawsuits that could make the Concordia disaster the most expensive maritime insurance claim in history. (Read more Costa Concordia stories.)

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