Italians anxious for wrecked liner to disappear

3:58 AM, Apr 18, 2012   |    comments
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(CBS News) GIGLIO, Italy - Four months after the tragedy, Italian authorities today identified five bodies recovered from the Costa Concordia.

They include Jerry and Barbara Heil of White Bear Lake, Minn. - the only Americans among the 32 victims.

The Italian cruise liner is still lodged on a reef off the island of Giglio. CBS News correspondent Allen Pizzey reports on the salvage effort.

The fate of the massive liner is still to be determined. But there is a growing sentiment that the rock which ripped the 160-foot gash in the hull should be turned into a monument for those who died.

Only two bodies remain unaccounted for. And the environmental catastrophe many feared has been averted. All the fuel oil has been pumped off, along with sewage and dangerous liquids such as cleaning materials for the 4,000 people who once traveled on the Costa Concordia.

The trappings of what was once luxury - deck chairs, furniture and even mattresses - are being retrieved from the seabed and brought ashore.

It can't go fast enough as far as the people of Giglio Island are concerned.

"You know, it doesn't belong here. It's huge. It's not part of the scenery and it's not what Giglio is famous for," said Elizabetta Nanni, with an Italian tourist board.

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