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The search for the missing continues on the wreck of the Costa Concordia

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Divers make their way into a flooded cabin of the Costa Concordia that is grounded off the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy. A large platform carrying a crane and other equipment hitched itself to the toppled ship on Tuesday, signaling the start of preliminary operations to remove a half-million gallons of fuel from the grounded cruise ship before it leaks into the pristine Tuscan sea. Actual pumping of the oil isn't expected to begin until Saturday.

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Ropes float outside of a flooded corridor of the cruise ship.

Divers found the 16th body in the partly submerged wreckage of the Costa Concordia on Tuesday. Officials said they couldn’t confirm the identity of the body. At least half a dozen bodies have not been identified yet, and are presumed to be among the 17 victims that are still missing.

NBC News reports that divers are blasting holes inside the steel-hulled ship to ease access for crews searching for the missing. The search and rescue operation will continue in tandem with a fuel removal operation.

 A large platform carrying a crane and other equipment hitched itself to the shipwreck, signaling the start of preliminary operations to remove a half-million gallons of fuel from the ship's tanks before it leaks into the pristine Tuscan sea. Pumping of the oil is scheduled to begin Saturday.

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A diver makes his way into a flooded cabin of the Costa Concordia cruise ship grounded off the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy.

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The Costa Concordia, carrying more than 4,200 passengers, ran aground Jan. 13 off the coast of Italy.

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