Five More Bodies Found on Stricken Cruise Ship

Investigators say the ship may have traveled so close to shore to "make a bow" to the island

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012  |  Updated 6:56 AM PDT
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Five More Bodies Found on Stricken Cruise Ship

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Searchers found five more bodies on the cruise ship that ran aground of the Tuscany coast, after blowing holes in the hull to get inside.

The discoveries left 24 passengers missing and raised the death toll to 11.

The holes could allow searchers to get into the Costa Concordia, where some passengers may still be alive, but trapped.

Meanwhile, the captain of the cruise ship may have steered too close to land in order to wave salute people there, according to the ship's owners.

The ship's head waiter's father told Reuters his son had said the ship would pass by the island of Giglio and blow its whistle to greet him.

Soon after, the oceanliner struck rocks off the island. Of 4,200 passengers, 11 people are known to have been killed and about 60 were injured.

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