Decision looms on when to end cruise ship rescue

Rescuers are wrestling with the question of when they end the rescue and begin the recovery operation, which would allow them to start pumping fuel out of the ship and potentially avert an environmental disaster. About two dozen people, including a couple from White Bear Lake, are still missing after the cruise liner capsized off the coast of Italy.
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Rescuers are wrestling with the question of when they end the rescue and begin the recovery operation, which would allow them to start pumping fuel out of the ship and potentially avert an environmental disaster. About two dozen people, including a couple from White Bear Lake, are still missing after the cruise liner capsized off the coast of Italy.

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