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-- phone conversation with a captain of that ship that smacked into some rocks off the coast of Italy.
The call happened at some point after the collision and the captain told the Port Authority there were still two -- 300 passengers left on board the coast to -- -- The one question everybody leadership -- someone remain on -- I'll stay here I think we -- -- some -- -- have -- -- there was water outside I mean the -- that you can -- now that the -- is Google -- more than this we -- move.
So you'll stay alive also and also stay on board no I believe all -- -- the only ones today.
Yeah remember that's the same guy who reportedly claimed he only left the ship because he tripped.
And somehow miraculously or something fell into a lifeboat.
He currently faces charges including manslaughter.
Crews searching the ship -- found at least fifteen bodies so four and seventeen other people are still listed officially as missing.
Teams have been clearing debris out of the ship's interior as they hunt for the victims.
And hours ago they used explosives yet again to blast more holes in the side of the ship for easier access.
Experts -- the -- say they're no longer too worried about venture of sliding into deeper water.
This state seems to be relatively stable at least right now.
But stable or not this ship is still creating a world of headaches.
Trace Gallagher is live with us now -- West Coast newsroom and they're about to start pumping all this fuel off the ship because they're very concerned about -- that stuff spilling.
Yeah and to do that -- they need to bring in this big platform -- and they'll put that barge right next to the coast you can -- -- and -- hook up all the hoses and Begin pumping fuel from that ship -- on -- -- to the -- But there were very word you said about the environmental -- because Julio depends on their crystal clue Clearwater not only for their tourism but also for their drinking water that they actually.
If all goes as planned they could Begin this pumping operation as early as tomorrow afternoon let's.
Let this that'll run the third issue was whether the beginning of the fuel pumping operations might conflict with the rescue operations.
In which case.
He would have.
Had to decide whether to hold the rescue operations.
Whether or not to let the pumping operations -- And the scientific committee concluded that those operations.
So -- the search and rescue and the pumping goes simultaneously but even at the pumping begins tomorrow afternoon -- 500000 gallons could take upwards of a month.
To actually transfer long time so for those who did not die on the ship instead survived.
The owner of the ship is now offering.
Yeah add the company is doing damage control -- but this -- not to be a public relations nightmare because some of the passengers are now saying that this is insulting.
Here's the offer those says quote the company is not only going to -- -- everybody but they will operate 30% discount on future cruises if they want to stay loyal to the company.
Loyalty may not be the best word because now we're getting word they may consider.
A class action suit all the passengers in which they would be seeking a lot more than a 30% coupon -- They will Trace Gallagher in Los Angeles -- thank you -- presidential candidate.
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