The brother of a man who remains missing in the disaster that is the Costa Concordia says that six weeks after the Jan. 13 sinking he, and his family, continue to hold out hope that their loved one is alive.
Russell Rebello worked aboard the ship as a cook and remains the only missing person who is from India. His brother Kevin went to the island of Giglio in the days following the disaster in hopes of learning Russell was alive. He's been there since and has not given up, despite the reality that the odds of his brother being alive are extremely slim.
Eight more bodies found on Costa Concordia
With the recent finding of eight more bodies on the ship, leaving 25 bodies recovered and 7 more people still believed missing, Kevin spoke to Mid Day, a media site in India about, the nerves he and his family are experiencing as they wait to hear about the identification of the bodies.
"Out of the eight dead bodies recovered, two people have been identified, Italian national Dayana Arlotti (5) and her father William Arlotti," Kevin said. "However, the confirmation can be obtained only after the forensic scientists arrive at the Groseto hospital mortuary, 60 kilometres from the island where the ship sank."
He told the a publication called The Asian Age that more divers have been added to the search. “There are now only seven victims missing, and it is suspected that they are trapped deep inside the wreck of the ship. Divers are going in every day to look for them. On Tuesday, two more expert divers joined the effort to speed up the search."
Kevin Rebello: "I haven't lost hope yet"
Attempts to identify bodies are going slowly as they were so badly decomposed that authorities could not tell which sex they were. They must be identified through comparing DNA samples from the bodies with samples taken from relatives of those missing.
On Feb. 13, Kevin Rebello and other relatives of missing persons went out to the ship in a motor launch and threw flowers in the waters in honor of their missing loved ones. At that time, Kevin spoke with media about his brother. "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.
"I hope I will find him as soon as possible, to bring him home."