Search for missing Concordia victims may start Thursday
Navy, Fire Brigade, Coast Guard personnel to take part19 September, 12:32
The operation to set the wrecked liner upright, which was successfully completed Tuesday, will make it possible to search parts of the ship that could not be checked while it was lying semi-submerged on a rock shelf off the Tuscan island of Giglio.
On Thursday the various equipment and structures needed to organize and coordinate the search, which will be conducted by Navy, Fire Brigade and Coast Guard experts and divers, will be set up. The green light for the search for passenger Maria Grazia Tricarichi and crew member Russel Rebelloto to start may be given before the end of the day.
The bodies of the other 30 victims of the January 2012 disaster have been found. Relatives of both victims arrived at the crash site at Tuscany's Giglio Island on Tuesday.
Rebello's brother told Italian TV: "I just want to have something to bury, although I realise there may not be much left after such a long time under water".
Tricarichi's husband said he wanted to take her remains back to "put them into the earth of her beloved native Sicily, where she always said she would like to go".