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Search of Italian Cruise Ship Suspended Amid Belief Vessel’s Moving

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0  Updated at 5:19 am, January 18th, 2012 By: ABC Digital
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ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images(GIGLIO, Italy) — Divers in Italy suspended their search of the capsized cruise ship Costa Concordia on Wednesday amid uncertainty over whether the vessel is moving, an Italian Coast Guard official told ABC News.

The Coast Guard thinks the ship is moving but isn’t 100 percent sure.  To find out, it is putting sensors around the vessel in order to monitor it, the official said.

Once the Coast Guard determines if and how much the cruise ship is moving, it will then assess when to go back in to continue searching for close to two dozen people who are still missing.

On Tuesday, divers found five more bodies in the wreck, bringing the total of those dead to 11.  The victims were found submerged at the stern of the ship, after search-and-rescue divers blasted holes in the hull of the vessel to access the lower decks.

Before the bodies were discovered, authorities had said that 29 people were missing.

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