Two More Bodies Found In Cruise Ship Wreck

Searchers have found the bodies of two women on the wreck of the cruise ship Costa Concordia, bringing the confirmed death toll to 15.

Costa Concordia: Bodies found as fuel pumping to start

Fuel spill experts have been examining the wreck, which is carrying about 1.9m litres of fuel

Searchers have found the bodies of two women on the wreck of the cruise ship Costa Concordia, bringing the confirmed death toll to 15.

Italian authorities say the pumping of fuel from the stricken vessel can proceed in tandem with the search of the wreck.

The Costa Concordia ran aground off the Tuscan coast on 13 January with 4,200 people on board.

The ship is carrying about 1.9m litres of fuel in 13 tanks.

An Italian naval vessel is on standby in case of oil leaks.

Civil protection official Franco Gabrielli told reporters on the Tuscan island of Giglio there was no risk the Costa Concordia would drop down to a lower seabed.

The BBC's Luisa Baldini, on Giglio, says there is no decision yet on when fuel pumping will begin but the civil protection agency has said it is likely to start within the next 24 hours.

Search and rescue work has been suspended several times owing to poor weather.