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article imageBrother of missing Costa Concordia cook: 'I still have hope'

By Marcus Hondro     Feb 17, 2012 in World
Family of passengers and crew missing since the Italian cruise ship the Costa Concordia hit a reef last month boated to the site and threw out roses in honor of their loved ones. One man still holds out hope his brother is alive.
"I haven't lost hope yet, anything can still happen, a miracle. He may be injured, he may have lost consciousness, anything may have happened," Kevin Rebello told media Feb. 13, the day he went out to the ship. "I hope I will find him as soon as possible, to bring him home."
The boat carrying the relatives of the missing went about 50 yards from the Costa Concordia before the roses where thrown into the sea. The ship had 4200 passengers and crew and it is believed that 32 people died in the disaster.
Relatives throw roses by Costa Concordia
Kevin's brother Russel, 33, was a cook on the ship and is the only person from India who is missing. Kevin and his parents and Russel's wife were unable to get information on Russel in the days following the Jan. 13 disaster so Kevin made his way to the Island of Giglio.
To date, 17 bodies have been found and another 15 people remain unaccounted for. The search for those who remain missing was called off at the end of January and Italian officials turned their focus toward extracting the fuel that is in the ship in order to avert an environmental disaster. At that time officials felt there was no longer a chance of finding anyone alive.
At least one man continues to disagree: "I still have hope, I always have hope, hope is the last thing to die." Kevin Rebello said.
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