12th Body Found in Cruise Ship

Woman has not been identified yet
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2012 9:30 AM CST
A tourist sitting in a restaurant views the grounded cruise ship Costa Concordia off the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, Saturday.   (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)
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(Newser) – The death toll in the Costa Concordia tragedy rose to 12 today as rescuers found a woman's body in the cruise ship, reports AP. She was wearing a life jacket and found near an evacuation staging point. Authorities haven't identified her yet. The discovery means that 20 people are now unaccounted for, including Minnesota couple Barbara and Jerry Heil. Meanwhile, the ship's captain, Francisco Schettino, told prosecutors that he informed the ship's owners of the accident immediately. That's contrary to some accounts and a signal of the growing rift between him and Costa Cruise Lines, notes MSNBC. (Read more Costa Concordia stories.)

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