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Search ends for cruise ship bodies

Italian authorities ended the search for bodies on the submerged sections of the capsized Costa Concordia, more than two weeks after the giant cruise liner capsized off the Tuscan coast, officials said on Tuesday.

It said the decision was finalized after the families of the 15 people still unaccounted for were informed.

As well as the 15 missing, a total of 17 bodies have been recovered since the accident on January 13 in which the Concordia was holed by a rock after its captain steered to within 500 feet of the tiny island of Giglio.

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In related news Carnival Corp.’s Italian unit said it reached a damage-settlement agreement with consumer groups, as the company was sued for the first time in the U.S. over the wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship.

Costa Crociere SpA agreed to pay $14,500 to every passenger of the cruise ship that ran aground off the Italian coast, killing at least 16, plus reimburse expenses including the cost of the cruise, according to a statement from the Genoa-based company.

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And Reuters has published a story on one crewmember of the Costa Concordia who plunged into the waters off Giglio island and rescued a drowning fellow crewmember.

But despite the trauma of the midnight wreck, Garrone has no plans to leave his job.

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