US Embassy requests help in finding Minnesota couple lost when cruise ship capsized

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The US Embassy in Italy sought help locating a Minnesota couple that was lost in the cruise ship disaster off the coast of Italy, Fox News reported.

Jerry Heil, 69, and his wife Barbara, 70, were passengers on the Costa Concordia cruise ship when it capsized Jan. 13.

The couple are the only two Americans still missing from the Costa cruise disaster.

So far, the death toll has reached 16 and rescue and recovery efforts are still in progress, The Australian News reported.

The Heil family issued a statement Jan. 16,

"We are waiting patiently for the rescuers to safely try to find our parents," the Heil family said in the statement. "Our prayers and thoughts are with our parents; those others that are still missing and their families; and the brave rescuers. We are working closely with the U.S. Embassy in Italy and are confident that everything is being done to find our parents." KARE 11 reported.

The captain of the cruise ship will face disciplinary measures, and it has been reported that he deviated from the course and contributed to the crash.

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