Human Remains Found Near Costa Concordia Wreck

Human remains have been found at the site of the wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise liner, according to the regional civil protection agency.

Italian passenger Maria Grazia Tricarichi and Indian crew member Russel Rebello, drowned along with 30 others when the vessel capsized in January 2012.

According to Italian news agency ANSA, the bones could belong to one of the two missing victims.

The remains will now be taken for DNA testing, but were "absolutely consistent" with the two missing people said Franco Gabrielli, from the civil protection body, adding that relatives have been notified.

Recovering the submerged bodies after 20 months was "almost a miracle," he said.

The crippled cruise ship was pulled completely upright after a complicated, 19-hour operation

Mrs Tricarichi's husband, Elio Vincenzi, a maths teacher, has previously said he does not "feel hate or rancour. I just want to find my wife’s body, to bury her at home in Sicily and to know what happened in those last minutes.”

Lying rotting in the wreckage are also believed to be 24,000 lbs of fish, nearly 5,500 lbs of cheese, 1,500 gallons of ice cream in tubs, 24,000 lbs of pasta, 2,000 lbs of onions, 17,000 lbs of raw beef, nearly 11,000 eggs, 2,346 hot dog buns, 815 lbs of rabbit meat, 18,000 bottles of wine and 22,000 cans of Coca-Cola.

The captain of the wrecked cruise liner was in court in Italy this week, blaming his crew for the accident.

Francesco Schettino told the court in the city of Grosseto that he urged his helmsmen not to go too close to the rocky coast of Giglio island, but they disobeyed orders.

Schettino is charged with manslaughter, causing the shipwreck, and accused of abandoning ship before 4,200 passengers and crew were evacuated safely.