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SF news: Costa Concordia, 17th body found, fuel removal delayed (video)

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SF news: Costa Concordia, 17th body found, fuel removal delayed (video)

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Here in San Francisco, those following the top news story of the Costa Concordia ship that sank near Giglio, Italy, are learning that now a 17th body has been recovered. That body has not yet been identified.

At one point, the search for bodies was called off (See that article here: SF learns: Costa Concordia search called off, bodies with life jackets found))

"It will affect the cruise industry for quite some time now," says San Francisco resident and frequent traveler, Donal Witham.

Already there has been one report of a scam connected to someone trying to get money from the company because they have allegedly lost loved ones (See that article here SF learns: Costa Concordia fake death scam emerges (Video))

The 17th body, a woman, without a life vest, was found when divers reached the sixth floor deck, submerged under water.

In addition, plans to remove the fuel to avoid an environmental disaster with a oil leak have been delayed. The plans are to remove half a million gallons of fuel. But those plans may not begin now until midweek. The Dutch shipwreck salvage firm, Smit, will be doing the fuel removal.

Smit has already had its divers make preparations for pumping out the fuel from the outer tanks. The inner tanks with more fuel are harder to access.

One couple had called a friend during the tragedy to ask that he did not tell their daughter (See that story here: Italian cruise ship desperate calls: 'please don't tell my daughter about this')

It was on January 13, 2012 that the Costa Concordia cruise ship ran aground close to the island of Giglio, with 4,200 passengers on board. The waters around the island are a protected marine sanctuary and must be protected, says USA Today. The area is a favorite of scuba divers. Fortunately, there has been no reported leakage.

At one point during the tragedy people were told that everything was fine and they should return to their cabins (See that article here: SF news: Costa Concordia passengers told 'return to cabins, all under control')

There was a panicked evacuation and reports are coming in that the abandon ship announcement did not come in until the boat had listed so much that lifeboats were not able to be lowered.

As of this writing, according to the BBC News, 16 people have still not been found and they are presumed dead

In the fray one couple desperately handed over their baby (See that article here: SF news: Italy cruise ship, one couple handed over their baby (photos, video))

The captain has denied all wrong-doing (See that article here:Costa Concordia captain says did not leave ship early (photos, video))

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More at: http://travel.usatoday.com/cruises/story/2012-01-28/17th-body-found-on-cruise-ship-Fuel-removal-stalled/52839212/1?csp=24

See these other articles on the Costa Concordia by this Examiner:

SF learns: Costa Concordia search called off, bodies with life jackets found)

Costa Concordia captain says did not leave ship early (photos, video)

Italian cruise ship desperate calls: 'please don't tell my daughter about this'

SF news: Italy cruise ship, one couple handed over their baby (photos, video)

Costa Concordia captain says did not leave ship early (photos, video)

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