Rescuers blast holes in Italian cruise liner

January 17th, 2012 - 8:10 pm ICT by IANS  

Rome, Jan 17 (IANS/RIA Novosti reported) Italian Navy specialists carried out two controlled explosions Tuesday to facilitate a search inside the cruise liner that capsized off the country’s coast.

The operation will allow firefighters and divers to enter and search those parts of the Costa Concordia that they have been unable to access, the TMNews agency reported.

Rescuers continue searching for those still missing as about 15 people remain unaccounted for.

The Costa Concordia, carrying 4,200 passengers, hit a reef and ran aground off the coast of Isola del Giglio Friday night. According to official information, eight people died as a result of the shipwreck.

About 130 Indians aboard the ship have been saved.

India has set up a control room in both New Delhi and in its mission in Italy to help families find out about their relatives who were aboard the luxury liner.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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