Workers Begin Removing Fuel From Italian Shipwreck

Posted February 12th, 2012 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Salvage workers have begun pumping fuel from the cruise ship that ran aground last month off the coast of Italy.

Italian officials say it will take 28 consecutive days of pumping to empty the 15 fuel tanks.

Since the Costa Concordia ran aground on January 13, fears have swirled about fuel leaks and resulting contamination of the pristine waters off the Tuscan island of Giglio.

At least 17 people died when the cruise ship struck rocks and flipped on its side. Rescuers are trying to locate 15 other people missing from the partially submerged ship.

The ship was carrying 4,229 passengers and crew.

The ship's captain has been accused of steering the ship too close to the shore and onto the rocks.

He remains under house arrest on multiple charges, including manslaughter and abandoning ship before those who were on board had gotten off safely.