The Tuscany regional government said Tuesday that it is offering financial assistance to the family of a diver who was killed while working on the wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise liner. Israel Franco Moreno, 42, of Spain died Saturday while assisting with the salvage operation of the Costa Concordia, which killed 32 people when it crashed on rocks and sank in January 2012 off the Tuscan coast near Grossetto. Hundreds were injured in the shipwreck and since the disaster, efforts have been made to refloat the stricken liner so it can be towed away for salvage after it was set upright in September. An investigation is continuing but it is believed that Moreno, while trying to attack floatation tanks to the Concordia wreck, cut his leg and bled to death, despite efforts by his diving partner to get him to the surface and waiting paramedics.
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A Spanish diver died on Saturday during work to salvage the Costa Concordia cruise liner, which capsized off the Italian island of Giglio two years ago.
The diver worked for the Spanish company UCS (Underwater Contractors Spain) and was involved in an underwater operation when the incident occurred, said an official at Titan Micoperi, the company in charge of the salvage work.
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La Giunta regionale della Calabria ha approvato un ordine del giorno con il quale si chiede al Presidente del Consiglio dei Ministri Enrico Letta che le “operazioni di smantellamento e smaltimento della “Costa Concordia vengano effettuate nel porto di Gioia Tauro”. Secondo l’assessore regionale al Personale, Domenico Tallini, e l’assessore al Bilancio, Giacomo Mancini, che hanno presentato l’ordine del giorno, “queste operazioni comporteranno un giro di affari che si può valutare in circa cinquecento milioni di euro e circa due anni di lavoro per centinaia di addetti, oltre che un forte impatto sull’indotto ed un evidente ritorno in termini di attenzione mediatica, proveniente da tutto il mondo. “In questo quadro la scelta di Gioia Tauro – dicono – confermerebbe un’attenzione particolare, da parte del Governo nei confronti della nostra regione e del suo principale porto. Questa scelta – hanno detto Tallini e Mancini – non deve costituire una sorta di contropartita all’indicazione di Gioia Tauro quale sito per il trasporto delle armi chimiche siriane, bensì il riconoscimento del ruolo strategico che il porto calabrese ha nel Mediterraneo”.
A lawyer for the owner of the cruise ship Costa Concordia has told an Italian court that the captain made no mention of those who perished in the shipwreck but instead boasted the day after that he had saved lives with his skill.
Cristina Porcelli, a lawyer for Costa Crociere SpA, testified Tuesday in the manslaughter trial of the ship’s captain, Francesco Schettino. She said Schettino told her and other company officials the day after the ship capsized on Jan. 13, 2012 that the reef which the vessel smashed into off Giglio Island wasn’t on nautical charts.
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