Rescue operations resume on ship off Italian coast

In this undated photo released by the Italian Navy Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, the Costa Concordia cruise ship grounded off the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, is seen at night.

GIGLIO, Italy — Divers have set off two controlled explosions on the toppled Costa Concordia cruise ship as rescue operations resumed following a brief halt during the night because of bad weather.

Workers also kept up preparations to remove a half-million gallons (1.9 million liters) of fuel from the ship before it leaks into the Tuscan sea. Pumping is expected to begin Saturday.

Spokesman Martin Schuttevaer said “based on what we have seen the position of the tanks are in line with what we expected.”

The Concordia ran aground and capsized off the island of Giglio on Jan. 13 after the captain veered from his approved course and gashed the ship’s hull on a reef, forcing the panicked evacuation of 4,200 passengers and crew.

Rescuers have found 16 bodies, with 17 people are still unaccounted for.