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A picture of Russel Rebello shared by a passenger who met him on a P&O ship years ago. Image: Annette/Russel Rebello Facebook page

Now that Costa Concordia has arrived at the scrapyard, officials have resumed searching for the missing body of a waiter who died when the ship sunk off the coast of Giglio in January 2012.

Russel Rebello, 33, is the only victim out of the 32 that died whose body is yet to be recovered.

He was last seen alive two-and-a-half years ago assisting passengers off the ship, the Daily Mail reported.

Officials are now searching parts of the ship that were previously inaccessible for his remains.

A Facebook page has been set up as a tribute to Rebello. So far, it has garnered over 630 likes, with people from around the world sending their condolences and reminiscing on his friendly character.

One woman sailed with him on a P&O Cruise posted a picture she took of Rebello during dinner.

She said: “He was such a lovely, friendly waiter.”

Another woman said Rebello was working on her first cruise on a P&O ship years ago. She described him as lovely and thoughtful.

“It was very sad to see that Russel lost his life on the Costa Concordia. May he rest in peace and sincere condolences to his family,” she posted.