Human remains found on Italy cruise ship wreck: Official

A side of the Costa Concordia is seen on the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy on Sept 18, 2013, after the crippled cruise ship was pulled completely upright from its side where it capsized last year. Italian rescuers have found human remains on th
A side of the Costa Concordia is seen on the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy on Sept 18, 2013, after the crippled cruise ship was pulled completely upright from its side where it capsized last year. Italian rescuers have found human remains on the wreck of Italy's Costa Concordia, which are believed to belong to one of two victims who are still missing, the civil protection agency said on Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AP

ROME (AFP, AP) - Italian rescuers have found human remains on the wreck of Italy's Costa Concordia, which are believed to belong to one of two victims who are still missing, the civil protection agency said on Tuesday.

The "remains of a human body, which could be one of the two missing, an Indian waiter" were found on the third bridge of the cruiseliner which crashed off the tiny island of Giglio in January 2012, said agency spokeswoman Francesca Maffini.

The latest finds raises the death toll to 250.

Coast Guard Commander Filippo Marini said 18 bodies were recovered on Tuesday from within the ship’s hold, while one was spotted by a helicopter floating near the wreck.

Commandert Marini said the search would continue as long as weather allows. Just 155 migrants, most if not all from Eritrea, survived last Thursday’s shipwreck. Survivors said there were some 500 people on board when the ship capsized and sank in sight of land.

A disproportionate number of the dead are women: So far the bodies of 75 women have been recovered, while only six of the survivors were female. Seven of the dead are children.