Rome:  The Italian Cabinet on Saturday declared a state of emergency for the island of Giglio, as rescue crews continued to search the wreck of the Costa Concordia liner where up to 32 people are feared dead.
      
Italian news agency reported the measure had been adopted, citing Parliamentary Affairs Minister Piero Giarda as he came out of the meeting.
     
The state of emergency is a formal measure aimed at helping operations in the area, where there are fears that a potential spill from the ship's tanks filled with 2,380 tons of fuel oil could cause an environmental disaster.
      
The Tuscan archipelago where Giglio is located is Europe's biggest marine sanctuary and a popular holiday spot with pristine sandy beaches.
      
Dutch company Smit Salvage is on the site and is preparing to pump out the Costa Concordia's tanks in what is known as a "hot tapping" operation.

(Agencies)