*UPDATE September 15: The Costa Concordia will be parbuckled tomorrow (September 16). See illustrations showing what will happen. See some of the most dramatic pictures from the last 20 months of the Costa Concordia.
Yeah, he’s floating next to the ceiling (above). And yes, you are looking straight on at 17 stories of a cruise ship.
With 23 people still missing from the Costa Concordia crew ship, photographers have captured rescuers who are still searching the ship, trying to find any survivors. The pictures are surreal – they look like something out of my nightmares or straight out of a scene from Titanic. Late Friday night, just off the coast of a small Italian island called Isola del Giglio, the Costa Concordia cruise ship ran aground with a large rock ripping a 50-meter gash in the hull. Soon afterward the ship keeled over and some 4,200 passengers and crew members struggled to find their way out of nearly vertical hallways and staircases, then through the sea in the dark, to get to land and safety. Four days later, the ship has settled sideways on a rocky ledge, half of it submerged.
Rescue efforts have been hampered by winds and waves that were rocking the boat, keeping rescuers from going in. They were also forced to blow holes in parts of the ship, for easier access to the submerged areas.
The photos in this post show rescue workers inside the ship and some parts of the ship that are still submerged. Check out the photos in this post, then head back to Newscom to see the latest photos of the Costa Concordia shipwreck and rescue efforts as they come in.You may be interested in some of these other posts from Newscom’s FocalPoint: