Rescuers found five more bodies in the wrecked cruise ship of Italy’s Costa Concordia, picking up the confirmed victims at 11.
According to ship officials, four men and a woman who overturned after hitting rocks in Iali on Friday were found.
The judges questioned the ship’s captain, Francesco Shetino, who was accused of pointing the ship at the rocks.
Captain Francesco Szczetino was detained on suspicion of manslaughter, but denied any wrongdoing.
He has not yet been formally charged, but prosecutors on Tuesday asked judges to continue his detention.
A recording of a conversation between a captain and a port officer appears – recorded shortly after the crash, suggesting that Captain Francesco Shetino left the ship before all the passengers had escaped.
In the recording, on the Corriere della Sera website, Captain Francesco Shetino appears to be refusing to return to the ship to coordinate the rescue effort.
A man who describes himself as the head of the port administration in Livorno, Gregorio de Falco, can be heard repeatedly telling the captain to return aboard the ship to help stranded passengers.
“Sethino, you may have escaped the sea, but I will certainly cause you trouble.” Get on board says Gregorio de Falco.
First Captain Francesco Szczetino is heard to say that there are rescuers on board, and then that it is dark and difficult to see.
Shortly after dawn on Tuesday, rescue crews blew up several holes in the ship, which now lies a few meters from the island of Giglio, to gain access to areas they have not yet been able to search.
Hours later, the Coast Guard announced that more bodies had been found.
It is unclear whether the bodies were crew members or passengers, but the Coast Guard said they were between 50 and 60 years old and wore vests.
The bodies were found near one of the assembly points, where people were told to gather in an emergency.
Before the bodies were found, Italian authorities said there were still 29 people on board.
Teams of specialist divers help with the rescue mission, but are hampered by bad weather.
The ship, carrying 4,200 passengers and crew, had a torn hull when it crashed into rocks late Friday, just hours after leaving the port of Civitavecchia for a week-long Mediterranean cruise.
Some people were forced to swim ashore because the ship’s angle made it impossible to launch lifeboats.
Infrared footage taken by a helicopter, also released Tuesday, shows rows of people climbing ropes on the ship’s open hull to reach lifeboats on the water.
Francesco Shetino, 52, has emerged as a central figure in the investigation.
The owners of the Costa Concordia, Costa Cruises, said Captain Francesco Sketino hit the rocks as he deliberately steered the ship to Giglio Island.
Prosecutors gave more details, saying the captain wanted to make a close pass to Giglio to “greet” the family of a crew member living there.
On Monday, the ship’s newspaper Lloyd’s List said it had been able to follow the Costa Concordia’s course through satellite information.
Lloyd’s List has published a chart comparing Friday’s voyage with an earlier voyage from the ship, suggesting that Friday’s route deviated far from its normal course.