Rescuers Fear Cruise Ship Could Break Apart

The death toll jumped to 11 Tuesday

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    NBC New York

    Officials coordinating the search and rescue aboard the cruise ship capsized off the coast of Italy are concerned the vessel could break in half.

    Those fears prompted a halt to the effort, after the boat shifted late Tuesday. After Capt. Francesco Schettino ran the 4,200-passenger liner aground off the Italian coast Jan. 13, most efforts have been geared toward finding the more than 20 people still missing.

    On Tuesday, the death toll jumped to 11, and Schettino, who has taken the brunt of the blame and been charged with manslaughter, was ordered released from jail under house arrest. A crewmember told an Italian newspaper Schettino was a "stubborn" and authoritarian" captain.

     

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