Divers find human remains near Costa Concordia wreck

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Divers find human remains near Costa Concordia wreck

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Human remains have been found close to the wreck of the cruise liner the Costa Concordia which ran aground and capsized near an Italian island early last year.

Italy’s civil protection agency says DNA tests will determine the identities of the remains once divers have recovered them.

The bodies of two people were never found following the disaster, which left 32 people dead. They were a female Italian passenger and a male Indian waiter. Their relatives have been notified of the discovery.

It is understood the remains were found on the seabed close to the hull near the central part of the ship.

The find comes a week after the Costa Concordia was raised upright in a major salvage operation that lasted 19 hours. It is due to be towed away from Giglio, probably by next spring, and eventually broken up into scrap.