CRUISE SHIP DISASTER

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STORY: CRUISE SHIP DISASTER DATELINE: Jan. 20, 2012LENGTH: 0:01:48LOCATION: RomeCATEGORY: SOCIETYINTROItalian authorities hope to stabilise the wrecked cruise ship as worsening weather could cause it to shift deeper into the sea, delaying plans to pump oil out of the vessel to prevent a possible environmental disaster.The ship were stranded after crashing into a submerged reef last week. So far eleven people have been confirmed dead and 22 are still missing.PKGSix days after the ship capsized off the Tuscan coast, hopes of finding anyone alive in the partially submerged hulk have all but disappeared. Attention is now turning to how to remove 2,300 tonnes of fuel, with bad weather threatening to make the ship even more precarious on the rocky ledge where it is resting. Environment Minister Corrado Clini said he had urged the ship's operator, Costa Cruises, to take all possible measures to anchor the ship to prevent it from sliding deeper into the sea.Meanwhile, rescuers have so
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