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Despite dangers, divers continue underwater searches of Costa Concordia

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A Carabinieri diver passes by the stricken Costa Concordia luxury liner near Giglio island during searches on Jan. 19. Italian rescuers were forced to suspend operations on the stricken Costa Concordia on Jan. 20.

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A Carabinieri scuba diver swims next to the Costa Concordia cruise ship's anchor, off the tiny Giglio island, Italy. The $450 million Costa Concordia was carrying more than 4,200 passengers and crew when it slammed into well-marked rocks off the island of Giglio after the captain made an unauthorized diversion from his programmed route. The ship then keeled over on its side.

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Carabinieri divers pass by the bell of the stricken Costa Concordia luxury liner near the Giglio island during searches on Jan. 19. Italian rescuers were forced to suspend operations on the stricken Costa Concordiaon on Jan. 20, a week after a Mediterranean tragedy in which up to 32 people are feared dead.

Though this is not the first time we are seeing images of divers searching the Costa Concordia, these pictures provide detailed views of the ship that we had not previously seen. Over the past week, divers have worked with the threat of the ship moving and splitting in two at any moment. Search and rescue operations for the 21 people still missing have been temporarily suspended and resumed several times this week.

msnbc.com news services report:

Sensors installed Thursday show constant vibrations in the ship structure, NBC News has learned. The ship is resting on two points underwater, keeping it from sinking. The remainder of the vessel is hanging and moves. Officials are worried the Concordia will sink further or suffer a sudden drop.

Seven days after the 114,500-ton ship ran aground and capsized off the Tuscan coast, hopes of finding anyone alive have all but disappeared and the cold waters around the ship have become rougher, with worse weather expected at the weekend.

"The ship is not in safe enough conditions for rescue operations to continue," Coast Guard spokesman Cmdr. Cosimo Nicastro told The Associated Press. Continue reading.

For the latest updates on the Costa Concordia, visit our Overhead Bin.

 

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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.