MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Five more bodies have reportedly been found on the crippled Costa Concordia cruise ship which capsized Friday off the coast of Tuscany.
The official death toll was raised to 11 after the discovery; 24 people are listed as missing including two Americans from Minnesota.
Tuesday morning searchers exploded four holes in the hull of the ship to gain easier access to areas that had not yet been investigated.
The Costa Concordia disaster could the ship’s parent company, Doral-based Carnival Corporation and its insurers, hundreds of millions of dollars.
According to Bloomberg.com, the finally tally could reach $800 million by the time all claims are paid and the ship is finally removed. Carnival reportedly has liability coverage as high as $3 billion. The insurance costs are likely to be spread across multiple insurance companies.
Jay Garcia and Connie Barron, who were vacationing on ship when it slammed into a rock and partially sank, arrived back in South Florida on Monday.
Barron said she feared the worst when the electricity went out and the ship started tilting. She and Garcia grabbed life vests and got in a life boat. But she said she was alarmed that only half the life boats for more than 4,000 passengers were usable and she was upset that crew members seemed disorganized and did not have an effective rescue plan.
Garcia said cooks and entertainment staff struggled to operate life boats. “They had no idea how to lower the boats,” said Garcia, adding, “so it was one end was coming down then the other end was coming down then you had other boats that were basically on top of you.”
The ship’s captain, Francesco Schettino, will appeared in an Italian court Tuesday, where a judge decided he will remain under house arrest while the investigation continues.
Schettino is accused of causing the wreck and of abandoning the ship before all 4,200 people on board were safely evacuated after the vessel capsized. He may face multiple manslaughter charges.