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Searchers blast holes to access Costa Concordia shipwreck in Italy

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Rescuers place explosive charges on the emerged side of the cruise liner Costa Concordia prior to entering on Jan. 17. The Costa Concordia grounded in front of the harbour of Isola del Giglio after hitting underwater rocks on January 13. Rescuers searched for 29 people still unaccounted for from the wreck of a luxury liner off the coast as the arrested captain faced a hearing with investigators.

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Rescue workers continue operations around and on the sticken cruise ship 'Costa Concordia', off Giglio Island, Toscana, Italy, on Jan. 17. Reports state that After an overnight break in operations rescuers resumed their search on the cruise ship Costa Concordia, using explosives to blast debris and other obstacles out of their path, Italian coast guard spokesman Filippo Marini said. 'We want to take advantage of the good weather to try to make as much progress as possible,' in the search for possible survivors, Marini added.

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Italian naval divers work on the cruise ship Costa Concordia Tuesday, Jan. 17, after running aground on the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, on Friday evening. Italian naval divers on Tuesday exploded holes in the hull of a cruise ship grounded off a Tuscan island to speed the search for 29 missing people while seas were still calm. One official said there was still a "glimmer of hope" that survivors could be found. Prosecutors, meanwhile, prepared to question the captain, who is accused of causing the wreck that left at least six dead and abandoning the Costa Concordia before all 4,200 people onboard were safely evacuated after the vessel capsized Friday night.

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The cruise ship Costa Concordia leans on its side Tuesday, Jan. 17, after running aground on the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, on Friday evening. Italian naval divers on Tuesday exploded holes in the hull of a cruise ship that grounded near a Tuscan island to speed the search for 29 missing passengers and crew while the seas remain relatively calm. The search intensified as prosecutors prepared to question the captain, who is accused of causing the wreck that left at least six dead by making a maneuver that the Italian cruise operator said was "unapproved and unauthorized."

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Rescue workers discovered the bodies of five passengers on Tuesday, according to Reuters, bringing the death toll of the Costa Concordia accident to 11. The discovery came hours after Italian naval divers used explosives to blow holes in the ship's hull in an effort to find 29 missing passengers. Click here for the full story.

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The Costa Concordia ran aground Jan. 13 off the coast of Italy, resulting in the evacuation of thousands of passengers as the ship began heavily listing.

The captain of the ill-fated cruise liner that ran aground off the coast of Italy is being arraigned on criminal charges, including manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship. NBC's Michelle Kosinski reports.