Eight more bodies found

Search teams have found eight more bodies in the wreck of the cruise ship Costa Concordia which capsized on 13 January.

The body of a girl of five is among those believed to have been found.

Officials say 32 people died in the disaster but only 17 bodies had been retrieved before the new announcement.

Prosecutors are investigating seven more people over the disaster including employees of the ship’s operator, Costa Cruises, Italian media report.

The ship’s captain, Francesco Schettino, has already been accused in Italy of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship before all those aboard were evacuated. He denies wrongdoing.

His first officer, Ciro Ambrosio, is also under investigation.

The new suspects are said to be four of the Concordia’s other officers and three employees of Costa Cruises.

Costa Cruises said it had “complete faith in the judicial system” and had offered its “fullest collaboration” with the Italian authorities.

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Story courtesy of the BBC.

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