Italian rescuers again suspended their search Sunday for 20 people still missing since a cruise liner capsized more than a week ago, officials said.
Divers had to abandon their search because the 17-deck Costa Concordia, half-submerged and keeled over after hitting rocks off a northwestern island, had shifted again, an official spokesman told AFP.
"The search was suspended at 1:30 am (0030 GMT) when there was a movement of the ship," said Francesca Maffini of the civil protection agency.
A technical meeting was being held to review data and determine how much the ship had shifted and why before deciding how to continue the search off the Tuscan island of Giglio.
The underwater exploration had been halted for the same reason on Friday. After it resumed Saturday, rescue crew recovered the body of a woman, yet to be identified, bringing the known death toll to 12.
Among those confirmed dead are four French, one Italian and one Spanish passenger, and a Peruvian waiter and Hungarian violinist among the crew.
Hopes have been fading for those still missing in the wreck nine days after the Friday 13th disaster, given the chilly sea temperatures.
"We would need a miracle," said coast guard spokesman Cosimo Nicastro.
Yet many families have not given up hope of finding their loved ones.
Rescuers have been trying to map the last known movements of those still missing amid the chaos of 4,229 passengers and crew evacuating the ship after it hit rocks off Italy's northwest coast.
Authorities also face the challenge of averting an environmental disaster and must pump out some 2,400 tonnes of fuel oil from the Concordia's tanks.
The Tuscan archipelago where Giglio is located is Europe's biggest marine sanctuary and a popular holiday spot with pristine sandy beaches.
Divers working for Italian prosecutors probing the role captain Francesco Schettino have meanwhile retrieved a hard disk which may have video footage from security cameras on the ship's bridge, media reports said.
Schettino is being investigated for multiple manslaughter, abandoning ship and causing a shipwreck. He is under house arrest.
Source: AFP Global Edition