The death toll in the Costa Concordia disaster has hit five, as divers discovered the bodies of two elderly people at an emergency gathering point that submerged when the cruise ship tipped over, reports the AP. There are 15 people still unaccounted for today, after authorities pulled a cabin service worker from the ship, as well as a honeymooning South Korean couple from an unsubmerged part of the vessel after hearing their screams.
"We are still searching" for bodies, "but in the hope that there might have been an air pocket" to enable survival, an Italian Coast Guard commander said. The search is turning perilous, notes the AP, with divers braving murky waters filled with debris—as well as the possibility that the ship could shift suddenly and sink in nearby deeper waters. "There are tents, mattresses, other objects moving which can get tangled in the divers' equipment," says the commander. An Italian prosecutor confirmed that the ship's captain is facing charges of abandoning ship after an incensed French couple saw him evacuating under a blanket on a lifeboat before all the passengers had escaped; he could face up to 12 years. Click through the gallery for more scenes from the staggering wreck. (Read more cruise ships stories.)