The confirmed death toll in the Costa Concordia accident has reached 11 people, with a further 24 people still missing.

Divers searching for passengers on the stricken ship

With rescue operations moving into Day 6 hopes are now fading to find any more survivors.

In further developments, a recording has been released of the ship’s captain Francesco Schettino apparently refusing to return to the ship – despite repeated request from the coastguard.

In the recording, Livorno Port Authority chief Gregorio de Falco can be heard repeatedly telling the captain to get back on board to help the stranded passengers.

De Falco says: “Schettino, maybe you saved yourself from the sea, but I’ll make you have trouble for sure. Go aboard.

“Do you want to go home, Schettino? It’s dark, so you want to go home?”

It is believed that he never went back to the ship, despite repeatedly stating that he stayed on board until the last passenger was rescued.

Schettino is also accused of causing the crash after taking an unauthorised route, according to the ship’s owners Costa Cruises.

Work is now underway to prevent the ship from leaking 1.9m litres of fuel oil into the sea and causing an environmental disaster.

The impact of the accident on passenger booking patterns has yet to be established, but few observers believe it will have significant long-term effects, according to a report by the BBC.

Read Editor Adam Coulter’s views on the Costa Concordia accident.