Eight more bodies, including a child, have been found in the wreck of the ‘Costa Concordia’ bringing to 25 the total number of lives lost. Eleven others remain missing.
The investigation into the sinking has also been widened, with a further seven people taken into custody for questioning.
However bad weather is preventing the bodies’ removal from the stricken cruise liner, which was carrying over 4,200 passengers and crew when it ripped a gash in its side less than two weeks into the new year.
One of the bodies may be that of Dayana, a five year-old girl who had been on holiday with her father and whose fate has become a big media story in Italy.
An operation is underway to remove the bodies, which are thought to number eight but such is their state of decomposition rescuers say it is hard to be sure.