Conflict & Justice

New Tape Reveals More About Cruise Ship Tragedy


Costa Concordia after it hit the rock. (Photo: Roberto Vongher/Wikipedia)

The confirmed death toll from the cruise ship accident in Italy rose to 11 Tuesday.

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Rescuers found five more bodies inside the half-submerged Costa Concordia.

Also, the captain of the shipwrecked cruise liner appeared at a hearing before a judge.

Franceso Schettino is facing multiple charges, including manslaughter and abandoning the ship before all its passengers were evacuated.

The judge placed the captain under house arrest.

Schettino's lawyer says his client denies abandoning the ship, but he may find it hard to prove.

Italy's Coast Guard released an audio recording of one of its commanders on shore speaking on the phone with Captain Schettino in the middle of the crisis.