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In pictures: the capsized Costa Concordia

An investigation has been launched into the ship running aground as the search for survivors continues.

THE DEATH TOLL arising from the grounding of a luxury cruise ship off the Italian coast at the weekend has risen to six after rescue crews found another body on the vessel.

The Costa Concordia ran aground off the Tuscan coast of Italy late on Friday night, forcing the evacuation of around 4,200 people.

Three survivors were rescued from the vessel 36 hours after it ran aground, and rescue crews continue to search for over a dozen people who remain missing.

Italian prosecutors have confirmed they are investigating accusations that the ship’s captain abandoned ship before everyone else on board was safely evacuated.

In pictures: the capsized Costa Concordia
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    A rock is seen protruding from the side of the Costa Concordia the day after it ran aground off the Tuscan island of Giglio. (AP Photo/Andrea Sinibaldi, Lapresse/PA Images)
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    People stop and look the stricken cruise ship Costa Concordia off the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, yesterday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia/PA Images)
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    Italian firefighters climb on the luxury cruise ship after it ran aground the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy early on Saturday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia/PA Images)
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    A police officer holds a baby wrapped in a blanket as passengers of the luxury ship arrive on a ferry in Porto Santo Stefano, Italy, on Saturday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia/PA Images)
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    Italian Coast Guard personnel pass on the black box from the Costa Concordia on Saturday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia/PA Images)
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    Scuba divers approach the Costa Concordia cruise ship as it leans on its side on Sunday, 15 January. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia/PA Images)
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    Passengers of the luxury ship arrive on a ferry in Porto Santo Stefano, Italy on Saturday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia/PA Images)
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    Italian Firefighters and scuba divers approach at the Costa Concordia as the search for survivors continued on Sunday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia/PA Images)
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    An Italian firefighter helicopter lifts up a person from the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia/PA Images)
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    Italian prosecutors have confirmed they are investigating the captain for manslaughter charges and abandoning the ship. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia/PA Images)
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    Firefighters work on the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia. (AP Photo/Andrea Sinibaldi, Lapresse/PA Images)
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    The cruise ship Costa Concordia after it ran aground off the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio on Sunday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia/PA Images)
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    A passenger from South Korea, centre, walks with Italian firefighters after being rescued from the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia/PA Images)
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    A rope, a lifevest, a helmet and other recovered items are seen in front of the altar during a mass in the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio on Sunday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia/PA Images)
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    A rescue dinghy hangs from the side of the Costa Concordia. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia/PA Images)

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