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There's bad news on top of tragedy this hour as the storm tracks straight toward the Italian coast as rescue teams struggle to find survivors in the wreckage of a massive cruise ship.
We've got new images today from the search teams inside the ship.
As they search countless cabins and narrow corridors they can hear the creaking steal and know the ship can move at any time.
Joining me now in McDonald's diet work.
An oceanographer who knows a bit a thing or two about what these divers are going through -- thank you so much for being here.
How dangerous is this recovery mission this rescue and recovery mission -- the divers are going through right now.
It's very challenging I'm sure they're taking all precautions but they're really in a very challenging situation and there are things you could go wrong.
One of the things that makes diving -- -- Mediterranean so spectacular is -- -- these very steep cliffs where it goes from early shallow water and drops off to hundreds speak he.
And that cruise ship is hanging literally on the did you want these clips so bad weather or shift in -- in the union and the ship.
Could make all things -- into deep water.
Is there if you do we know if there's anything done -- that can be done to prevent that from happening so they can protect the lives.
Of those who -- on on the rescue mission.
Bonds that there that they're planning to try to anchoring with cables or keep -- standing by to -- on Hillary.
And keep it from sliding off bomb.
But we don't know exactly what the cell group -- been engaged to do will be doing but I'm sure that they're they're working at this very hard.
-- they say that they are working under water right now in pitch blackness -- you can see it here's a good look at live images.
Of the ship and folks coming up fine on and you can see on screen left now in front of the bishop.
How do you how do you do a rescue -- it mr.
mission in pitch darkness.
It's like a combination correct typing -- cage diving and -- that you have all floating debris.
From all of the furniture and other wreckage that was up and it -- -- -- went round.
So they have to be very careful what they're doing is they're blowing holes are cutting holes into decided to share.
So rather than -- access the interior cabins more red rapidly from the outside the optic thread their way through the corridors.
If you've ever been on one of these true ships you -- coach even in the best of circumstances -- be very difficult to figure out where you are.
So these divers are are really being very -- try and carry out this recovery operation.
And this is all happening so quickly any week we can presume that these divers don't have some elaborate math of the ship.
That they take with them under -- -- -- is it basically just going in blind and looking for anyone in distress.
-- Should not going implying I'm sure that every guy who's very carefully planned and may have an entrance and an exit strategy worked out that they're attending a divers with who wrote -- action when that's possible onset and working on this very carefully.
On the other concern of course is to try to get the fuel off speed wherever wherever 'cause that when -- -- are aground.
Is right in the middle of marine protected area so if the -- were to -- and -- deep water and tanks which would start leaking.
I'm that would add another misery -- it's that it's very difficult situation.
I know you believe that the ship is in the worst possible position right now why -- why.
Well it's hanging on -- on like on a nice fish out of water we're sitting is about fifty feet deep.
You know more than half over 15100 cabins are submerged.
But you just short couple hundred feet.
The water drops down to well over 250 -- 300 feet.
-- so that'll show up crime if it slipped a little bit a whole thing could cook could go underwater.
I'm that would mean that the -- wouldn't be able to access the younger people thanks for the fuel -- -- -- -- have a much more difficult time getting into to the -- not to mention.
You know that the amendment would -- lodge everything and and charter -- -- So it's very challenging the weather bearing down on -- -- difficult but because is that -- -- right next to -- port so they had access to a lot of product ships and support material and support -- we're that would be shipped into our round is is being protected.
It's between the outer part of that Mediterranean Sea and the coast of Italy so they will get some protection from the waves in the win -- win this -- when it reaches.
You know they remind me of firefighters who run into danger as opposed to away from that that's it's quite -- -- that they are undertaken -- -- you say we are still within the survival window.
Let's hope you're right let's hope they they rescue some more folks there are still.
-- total of 28 people who remain missing although that number may have changed a bit because they've adjusted -- death -- today 211 Ian thank you so much thank -- --
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