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Search suspended in Italy

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Search suspended in Italy

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Giglio, Italy (CNN) — With bitterly cold temperatures and frigid waters, the chances of finding more survivors appeared to dim early today as about two dozen people remain missing from the doomed Italian cruise ship.
At least 11 people have died since the Costa Concordia ran aground and capsized last week off a Tuscan island.
Rescue crews suspended operations Wednesday morning as the ship began to move, the Italian Coast Guard said. The search for survivors has been halted and restarted several times since the ship rolled onto its side Friday night.
Experts say chances of finding survivors are slim.
“I think you have to look at several issues. One of is just the hypothermia. If a compartment is flooded, even if there was air, at this point, most of them would have succumbed to the hypothermic problem of the water temperature,” said Butch Hendrick, president of the diving safety company Lifeguard Systems.