Italian captain being placed under house arrest

January 18, 2012 9:21:45 AM PST
A lawyer says the captain who allegedly abandoned the crippled Costa Concordia cruise liner will be released from jail and placed under house arrest.

Sky TG24 TV and the Italian news agency ANSA quoted the defense lawyer, Bruno Leporatti, as saying a judge turned down prosecutors' request to keep Capt. Francesco Schettino in jail. But, the lawyer says, the judge also rejected a defense bid to set Schettino free.

The death toll the Costa Concordia tragedy rose to 11 on Tuesday when five bodies - four men and one woman - were recovered from the submerged portion of the ship, which ran into a reef, then capsized near the Tuscan island of Giglio on Friday night.

Rescuers are continuing to search the partially submerged ship for about two dozen people who are still missing.

Family: No word on Minn. couple missing on cruise

The family of a Minnesota couple missing after the ship capsized say they have received no word on the couple.

The family of Jerry and Barbara Heil of White Bear Lake, Minn., say in a blog posting they have nothing to report.

The family says it will await word from the U.S. Embassy and Italian authorities on the newly discovered passengers. And they ask people to continue praying for the other passengers and the safety of the rescuers.

Rescuers continue to search the ship for about two dozen people still missing.