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DEAL STRUCK FOR LINER PASSENGERS AS OIL PUMPING NEARS START (=(Picture)=) Some 3,000 survivors of Italy’s cruise ship disaster will receive 11,000 euros each plus expenses, negotiators announced Friday two weeks after the accident which is feared to have killed up to 32 people.
Navy divers blew new holes in the side of the beached vessel on Friday morning to search previously unexplored parts of the ship for missing people, though officials said there was now no chance of finding survivors.
The known death toll is 16, with another 16 people still missing.
While relatives of those lost waited for news of their loved ones, Dutch company Smit Salvage said it could begin pumping 2,380 tonnes of fuel out of the vessel later Friday instead of Saturday as previously planned.