Italian rescuers on Tuesday found another body in the wreckage of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that sank a week-and-a-half ago, raising the total of those killed in the accident to 16, according to local media reports.
The discovery came as divers attempted to remove 2,400 tons of fuel from the ship, which crashed into rocks near the Italian island of Giglio on Jan. 13, according to the Adnkronos news agency.
“I hope and believe that we will be able to avoid the most serious danger—that of losing fuel,” Italy’s environment minister, Corrado Clini, told the news agency, which notes that an environmental disaster would likely damage the local fishing and tourism economy in the region.
Divers also blasted holes into the hull of the ship to find new avenues for recovering bodies trapped inside the ship, according to Adnkronos.
On Tuesday morning, divers discovered the lifeless body of an elderly woman wearing a life jacket in deck three of the ship, the Correire Della Sera daily newspaper reported.
Two bodies were discovered over the weekend and another two were found on Monday, according to local reports. Twenty-two people are still missing.The vast majority of the 4,200 passengers on-board the massive, 1,500-cabin ship were able to escape immediately, survivors have said in the aftermath.