Search operations aboard the Costa Concordia cruise ship were halted indefinitely Wednesday after apparent changes in the surf caused the gigantic vessel to shift slightly on its side, where it has been lodged on the seabed since running aground off the Tuscan coast on Friday.
Meanwhile, a shocking audio emerged in which the ship's captain was heard making excuses as the Italian coast guard repeatedly ordered him to return to oversee his ship's evacuation.
Prosecutors have accused Capt. Francesco Schettino of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning his ship before all passengers were evacuated during the grounding of the Costa Concordia on Friday night. Schettino was interrogated for three hours Tuesday before an Italian judge ordered him under house arrest, according to his attorney.
All five of the bodies extracted on Tuesday were adults wearing life jackets, found at the rear of the ship near an emergency evacuation point, according to Italian Coast Guard Cmdr. Cosimo Nicastro. He said they were thought to have been passengers.