Missing waiter's body may have been found from shipwreck

Once the capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia was righted, divers searched for remains at the site in Giglio harbor, Italy.

Divers searching for remains where the capsized Costa Concordia had lain found a body that may be that of a missing Indian waiter.

ROME — Divers searching the wreckage of the Costa Concordia cruise ship Tuesday found remains of a body thought to be one of the two missing victims, Italian officials said.

Missing Concordia waiter's body: Kevin Rebello shows photos of his brother Russel, a waiter on the Concordia ship.AP Photo Fabio Polimeni, File

Kevin Rebello shows photos of his brother Russel, who was a waiter on the Costa Concordia ship.

The body was believed to be that of Russel Rebello, an Indian who worked as a waiter on the liner that capsized after it hit rocks off the Italian island of Giglio in January 2012, killing 32 people.

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The only other person still missing is Italian passenger Maria Grazia Trecarichi.

The ship was hauled upright last month, giving divers access to parts that had been submerged.

Rebello's family have told of how the 33-year-old Mumbai native stayed on the ship to help evacuate others.

"I have been waiting for this news for 21 months... We hope that the other lady will immediately be found," said Rebello's brother Kevin.

The ship's captain, Francesco Schettino, is on trial for his role in the disaster and is accused of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship. His lawyers argue he was not the only person to blame for the accident.

The ship is due to be towed away from the Mediterranean holiday island next spring and broken up into scrap.

Reporting by Naomi O'Leary


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