Skull found on Costa Concordia could be 'hero' waiter

Human skull found could be missing Indian hero

Skull found on Costa Concordia could be 'hero' waiter

A human skull has been found aboard the Costa Concordia following its huge salvage operation.

Italian fire service divers retrieved the remains from deck three of the cruise liner, which sank on 12 January 2012 off the coast of Giglio, killing 32 people.

According to the Mirror, Italian media have reported the skull could be Indian waiter Russel Rebello, a father-of-two who was hailed a hero after sacrificing his own life to save others.

The 33-year-old even gave away his own lifejacket.

The crash happened after the ship's captain, Francesco Schettino, attempted to 'salute' the island of Giglio, taking the liner into shallow water in the process.

The ship was brought upright in September in one of the biggest maritime salvage operations ever. It was then transported to Genoa, where it will be taken apart.

According to the Independent, civil protection officials said the skull may also belong to Italian passenger Maria Grazia Trecarichi, whose decapitated body was found a few months ago.

The paper adds that it will take a number of days to analyse the skull in order to establish which victim it belongs to.

Both their families have been informed of the discovery.

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