Costa Concordia

Ship Recovery Efforts Postponed

Officials said on Sunday that removal of the capsized Costa Concordia may take up to 10 months to complete. The announcement came as the search for the missing people and the start of operations to remove 500,000 gallons of fuel were called off after authorities determined that the ship had moved four centimeters over six hours. A 17th body was found over the weekend and identified as crew member Erika Soria Molina, but officials have given up hope of recovering more bodies. The national civil protection official in charge of the operation said, “Our first goal was to find people alive. Now we have a single big goal, and that is that this does not translate into an environmental disaster.”