Cruise ship death toll reaches 15

  • 23 January 2012
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The number of people confirmed dead from the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster has reached 15.

Rescue workers are still looking for 17 people who are believed to be missing.

Coastguard and Navy divers have been blasting their way into submerged areas of the vessel using explosives in an effort to find those missing.

There were known to be over 4,200 people on the cruise ship when it ran aground on rocks just off the Italian island of Giglio ten days ago.

Officials have said that there may have been some passengers on board the ship who weren't officially registered - so the number of people missing may actually be higher than 17.

The captain of the ship - Francesco Schettino - is accused of causing the crash and is currently under house arrest.