Aug 7, 2014 1:59 AM by NBC News
On Wednesday divers pulled human remains from the still-submerged third deck of the Costa Concordia, more than two years after the majestic vessel sank off the coast of Italy. \
The grim discovery is believed to be the remains of Russel Rebello, a waiter last seen helping other passengers to safety. Remains from all other victims have been found.
The next step is a DNA test, which could be done within days. "I'm absolutely hoping it's my brother," said Kevin Rebello, who met the wrecked ship in Genoa, where it's being prepared for scrap. "Of course there is sadness but we're also waiting for relief-we're waiting for closure."
Rebello also got a call from Captain Francesco Schettino, who was in charge of the ship on the night it ran aground, killing 32-people in a frantic, full-dark evacuation.
He is standing trial for manslaughter charges, among others, and may spend as much as twenty years in prison. But he insists he's innocent, and on Monday he lectured university students on the art of "panic control."
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