The death toll from the Costa Concordia crash has risen to 12 after a woman’s body was found aboard an Italian cruise ship.
The woman, who was wearing a life jacket, was found by divers on the fourth deck of the Costa Concordia.
Twenty people are still missing after a ship carrying 4,200 people on board struck a rock in shallow water on January 13 off the island of Giglio in Tuscany.
Costa Concordia captain Francesco Shetino is under investigation for manslaughter, which he denies.
An unnamed police officer said the woman’s body was found around 1:30 p.m. local time (12:30 p.m. GMT) and was taken to the mainland.
“They will have to rely on DNA tests now to identify the victim in a week’s time in the water.” he told AFP.
Coast Guard and Navy divers resumed their search on Saturday, blowing their way into sunken areas of the ship, using explosives in an attempt to find those unknown.
Coast Guard spokesman Cosimo Nicastro said the body was found during a particularly risky search for an evacuation meeting place near the back of the ship.
“The corridor was very narrow and the divers’ lines risked getting stuck.” on objects in the hallway, said Cosimo Nicastro.
Rescue authorities said on Saturday they would not stop the search until the entire ship was examined.
One employee said that swift action should be taken to remove the fuel on board. An Italian seagoing ship is on standby as a precaution against oil leaks.
The Costa Concordia operator is facing a lawsuit in the United States, it became clear on Friday.
The Italian consumer association Codacons and two American law firms have said they will file a lawsuit against Costa Cruises on behalf of the passengers.
They want at least $ 160,000 for each passenger on the ship.
Captain Francesco Sketino is under house arrest, accused of multiple manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning the ship before all passengers were evacuated.
Prosecutors say Francesco Shetino sailed too close to Giglio on an unauthorized course to make a “salute” – a salute to the islanders.