Costa Concordia Sinking: Faces of the Missing, Victims and Survivors [PHOTOS]

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on January 19 2012 4:43 PM
  • Peruvian Angel Paredes Welcomed by Relatives
    Peruvian Angel Paredes (R), one of the crew members that survived the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster, is welcomed by relatives at Lima's airport, on Jan. 18, 2012. About 44 Peruvians were part of the crew of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that ran aground off the west coast of Italy at Giglio island. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo
  • Peruvian Rose Survived the Costa Concordia Crash
    Peruvian Rose (L), one of the crew members that survived the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster, is welcomed by relatives at Lima's airport, on Jan. 18, 2012. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo
  • Erika Soria Still Missing
    Peruvian crew member Erika Soria poses in front of the Costa Concordia cruise ship in this undated handout photo. Erika is one of the missing people from the Costa Concordia cruise ship after it ran aground off the west coast of Italy at Giglio island. REUTERS
  • Missing Person
    An army soldier walks past a picture of a missing person after the Costa Concordia cruise ship ran aground off the west coast of Italy at Giglio island on Jan. 19, 2012. Recovery teams working on the capsized Italian liner are racing against the clock to complete the search for victims of the disaster before the weather turns and salvage crews need to start pumping fuel from the wreck. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito
  • Missing Person
    People talk near a picture of a missing person after the Costa Concordia cruise ship ran aground off the west coast of Italy at Giglio island on Jan. 19, 2012. No deadline has been set for ending the search for missing people on the wreck of an Italian cruise liner that capsized off a Tuscan island, the chief spokesman of the firefighters said on Thursday. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito
  • Rescued South Korean Couple
    A South Korean couple were rescued from the Costa Concordia cruise, which ran aground off the west coast of Italy, at Giglio island Jan. 14, 2012. Early on Sunday, firefighters found the couple still alive in a cabin after making voice contact with them from several decks above, Italian media reported. REUTERS
  • Survivor of Costa Concorida Crash
    Surviving passengers of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia arrive at the cruise's terminal at Marseille harbor on Jan. 14, 2012. Passengers leapt into the sea and fought over lifejackets in panic when the Italian cruise ship ran aground and keeled over, killing at least three and leaving dozens missing. REUTERS/Philippe Laurenson
  • Survivor of Costa Concordia Crash
    Surviving passengers of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia arrive at the cruise's terminal at Marseille harbour. REUTERS/Philippe Laurenson
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More than 20 people still remain missing Thursday following the Costa Concordia disaster. Rescuers have been told to work quickly in their search for any remaining survivors as Italian Navy experts blow holes in the ship to gain better access to the interior of the boat.

The search for survivors is difficult and depends heavily on weather conditions. The pursuit was suspended Wednesday when the cruise liner shifted position.

Italian authorities have confirmed a total of 11 people as dead, including Peruvian crew member Thomas Alberto Costilla Mendoza; Italian passenger Giovanni Masia; and French passengers Francis Servil, 71, and Jean-Pierre Micheaud, 61. Two other French nationals and a Spanish passenger were identified earlier in the day.

The rescuers have had some success in their efforts to find remaining passengers on the ship. A South Korean couple was miraculously rescued from the cruise ship Sunday. The 29-year-old pair was on their honeymoon when the Costa Concordia crashed. The Associated Press reports the couple was stranded in a cabin two decks below rescuers on the half-submerged ship.

The cabins were checked out one by one ... when we arrived at the stern we called out hoping someone might reply. Which was the case, fire service chief Fabio Bargagna told the AP.

Others have not been as lucky in the disaster as the official missing persons list still includes 21 missing passengers and three missing crew members. Among the missing passengers, 12 are German nationals, two are French, five are Italian and two are American. The missing crew members include Indian, Russel Rebello, Peruvian, Erika Fani Soriamolina, and Italian, Giuseppe Girolamo.

The Costa Concordia cruise began sinking late Friday when the captain, Francesco Schettino, steered the ship off course and into the ground near the coast of Giglio. The ship capsized, but the Italian Coast Guard successfully rescued 4,200 passengers and crew members. 

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