Rescuers blast holes in Italian cruise liner

January 17, 2012 11:36 pm 

ROME, Jan. 17 — Italian Navy specialists carried out two controlled explosions on Tuesday to facilitate the search of the cruise liner that capsized after hitting rocks off the country's coast, the TMNews agency reported.

The operation will allow firefighters and divers to enter and search parts of the "Costa Concordia" they have been unable to access.

Rescuers continue searching for those still missing as about 15 remain unaccounted for.

The Costa Concordia, carrying 4,200 passengers, hit a reef and ran aground off the Coast of Isola del Giglio on Friday night. According to official information, six people died as a result of the shipwreck. (PNA/RIA Novosti)

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