Surreal Pictures from Inside the Costa Concordia

inside of the stranded cruise ship Costa Concordia

The division Gruppo Operativo Subacquei of the Italian Military Marine inspects for the first time the inside of the stranded cruise ship Costa Concordia in Isola del Giglio on January 15, 2012. Sestini/Newspictures/ABACAUSA.COM/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: abausaphotos654509

*UPDATE September 17: The Costa Concordia has been raised. See the pictures of the upright cruise liner.

*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.

Carabinieri scuba divers swim next to the Costa Concordia

In this undated underwater photo released by Carabinieri (Italian paramilitary police) Friday, Jan. 20, 2012 two Carabinieri scuba divers swim next to the Costa Concordia cruise ship’s bell, off the tiny Giglio island, Italy. The $450 million Costa Concordia was carrying more than 4,200 passengers and crew when it slammed into well-marked rocks off the island of Giglio after the captain made an unauthorized diversion from his programmed route. The ship then keeled over on its side. CARABINIERI/OLYCOM/SIPA/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: sipaphotosthree433097

inside of the stranded cruise ship Costa Concordia

The division Gruppo Operativo Subacquei of the Italian Military Marine inspects for the first time the inside of the stranded cruise ship Costa Concordia in Isola del Giglio on January 15, 2012. Sestini/Newspictures/ABACAUSA.COM/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: abausaphotos654508

Italian Coast guard diver

An Italian Coast guard diver inspects inside the Costa Concordia cruise ship that ran aground off the west coast of Italy, at Giglio island January 16, 2012. Rescuers resumed a search of the hulk of a giant cruise liner off the west coast of Italy on Monday after bad weather forced them to halt operations, but hopes were fading of finding more survivors. HANDOUT/REUTERS/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: rtrlfive005771

scuba diver

A scuba diver inspects a side of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, seen underwater after it ran aground off the west coast of Italy, at Giglio island in this photo released on January 16, 2012. Rescue squads used controlled explosions on Tuesday to enter a stricken Italian cruise liner in the increasingly despairing hunt for survivors, as authorities almost doubled their estimate of the number missing to 29 people. Picture taken January 16, 2012. HANDOUT/REUTERS/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: rtrlfive007339

Underwater photo

Underwater photo taken on Jan. 13 and released by the Italian Coast Guard Jan. 16, shows a view of the cruise ship Costa Concordia including poolside chairs, after it ran aground in front of the Isola del Giglio harbor. Rescue crews have blasted holes in a stricken cruise ship in order to gain easier access as hopes fade of finding survivors among the 29 people missing. Kika Press/ZUMA Press/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: zumawireworldphotosfive045546

Carabinieri scuba diver

A Carabinieri scuba diver inspect the Costa Concordia cruise ship which ran aground off the west coast of Italy at Giglio island January 19, 2012. Italian rescue workers suspended their search of the capsized Italian cruise liner Costa Concordia after the ship moved again on Friday, firefighters’ spokeman Luca Cari said. Picture taken January 19, 2012. HANDOUT/REUTERS/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: rtrlfive013001

rescue worker

A rescue worker climbs onto the Costa Concordia cruise ship that ran aground off the west coast of Italy, at Giglio island, January 16, 2012. Over-reliance on electronic navigation systems and a failure of judgement by the captain are seen as possible reasons for one of the worst cruise liner disasters of all time, maritime specialists say. MAX ROSSI/REUTERS/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: rtrlfive006009

cruise ship Costa Concordia

Giglio Island, Italy – Underwater photo taken on Jan. 13 and released by the Italian Coast Guard Jan. 16, shows a view of the cruise ship Costa Concordia, after it ran aground in front of the Isola del Giglio harbor. Kika Press/ZUMA Press/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: zumawireworldphotosfive045541

Costa Concordia cruise ship is seen underwater

A part of the Costa Concordia cruise ship is seen underwater after it ran aground off the west coast of Italy, at Giglio island in this photo released on January 16, 2012. Rescue squads used controlled explosions on Tuesday to enter a stricken Italian cruise liner in the increasingly despairing hunt for survivors, as authorities almost doubled their estimate of the number missing to 29 people. Picture taken January 16, 2012. HANDOUT/Reuters/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: rtrlfive007446

inside of the stranded cruise ship Costa Concordia

The division Gruppo Operativo Subacquei of the Italian Military Marine inspects for the first time the inside of the stranded cruise ship Costa Concordia in Isola del Giglio on January 15, 2012. Sestini/Newspictures/ABACAUSA.COM/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: abausaphotos654504

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