Diver Killed While Working on Costa Concordia in Italy

A diver died Saturday while working on the shipwrecked Costa Concordia, apparently gashing his leg on an underwater metal sheet while preparing the wreck for removal, officials and news reports said.

Italy’s civil protection agency, which is overseeing the removal of the Concordia from Tuscany’s coast, said the diver hailed from Spain.

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Tuscany to help family of diver Israel Franco Moreno killed on Concordia job

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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Costa Concordia captain didn’t speak of dead, lawyer says

A lawyer for the owner of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia told an Italian court Tuesday that the captain made no mention of those who died in the shipwreck two years ago, but instead boasted 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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Man Overboard from the Adventure of the Seas

Early this morning we received an email from a cruise passenger aboard the Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas alerting us that a man had gone overboard last night. We received this message:
“Man overboard Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas. Close enough to San Juan to be getting AT&T service right now. At about 8:45 – 9:00 PM, the Captain came over loudspeaker and announced that a man had “jumped” overboard.

They also said they believed he was in his mid 20s. About 30 – 45 minutes later they announced the arrival of a Coast Guard helicopter. I can verify. When the announcement was made I went on deck and witnessed the ship turning around. They launched life preservers with lights attached as well as two rescue boats. There were spotlights at first and brighter ones joined later. There was talk spreading throughout the shop that people had witnessed the pulling the spotlights out of the theater or ice rink

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About 12 Immigrants Dead after Shipwreck off Greek Island

At least 12 people were killed, four of them children, and an undetermined number of disappeared was the tragic result today after the shipwreck of a small boat on the west coast of Greece, in the Ionian Sea.

Another 15 immigrants managed to reach safety and notify the authorities the place of the accident, between the island of Lefkada and the mainland village of Paleros, according to a police spokesman.

The mobilization of the coast guard was capable of rescuing 12 bodies near the place where the boat was overturned, continuing the work of searching for other victims in a wide surrounding area.

So far, the number of passengers the eight-feet-long vessel transported, their nationalities, and the port is not known.

Coast guard divers recovered the bodies of four children and eight adults after survivors alerted authorities, the Merchant Marine Ministry said. The migrants were presumed to have been headed to nearby Italy from the western Greek mainland.

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Human remains found on Concordia wreck

The remains “could be ascribable to the persons we are looking for,” the head of Italy’s Civil Protection agency, Franco Gabrielli, told the SkyTG24 news channel.

“Only DNA testing will be able to confirm it,” he added.

Indicating that the analyses would be carried out “in the coming hours,” Gabrielli urged caution.
“Nothing is definite, let us wait for the exams,” he said.

Thirty-two of the 4229 people on board the vessel died after it ran aground off the island of Giglio on January 13, 2012.

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Costa Concordia: Even More Human Remains Found

Even more human remains may have been uncovered in the Costa Concordia wreckage. Divers found what is believed to be more human remains, just a week after other remains were found. The head of Italy’s civil protection said more remains were found which may belong to thr last two missing victims of the January 2012 disaster in which 32 people were killed when the ship capsized off the coast of Italy. “Other remains have also been found and are currently undergoing DNA tests,” the agency’s chief Franco Gabrielli said according to the Toronto Sun. “We are waiting for the results of the analysis,” he said.

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Divers Find Human Remains on Site of Italy Cruise Ship Wreck

Divers on Thursday recovered what they believe could be the remains of the last two missing bodies from the sea where the Costa Concordia cruise liner sank last year off the Italian island of Giglio.

The huge ship was carrying more than 4,000 passengers and crew when it capsized after striking rocks on Jan. 13, 2012, killing 32 people, including two whose bodies were not recovered.

The head of the civil protection agency, Franco Gabrielli, told reporters the remains discovered on Thursday were “absolutely consistent” with the two missing people — an Indian man and an Italian woman.

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Costa Concordia Human Remains Found

Two missing bodies from the Costa Concordia wreck site have been found after divers searched the area after the cruise ship was raised. The unidentified human remains may be those of Italian cruise passenger Maria Grazia Tricarichi and Indian crew member Russel Rebello.

“During a search in the water near the central part of the ship, coast guard and police divers found remains, which still have to be identified with DNA,” Italy’s civil protection Commissioner Franco Gabrielli said in a statement. Gabrielli said the remains discovered on Thursday were “absolutely consistent” with the two missing passengers.

Thirty other passengers were killed in the disaster when the Costa Concordia ran aground on January 13, 2012.

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Venice bans cruise ships from Grand Canal

Venice may ban cruise ships from Grand Canal as tourist death prompts calls for ‘floating congestion zone’

  • Debate over large ships heightened by tourist death a fortnight ago
  • Campaigners say they hit the city’s fragile foundations
  • Passengers bring little economic benefit to the city, it was claimed

The eyesore of cruise ships on Venice’s famous skyline could soon become ancient history, as the behemoths are set to be banned from the city’s waterways.

The new proposals by Italy’s Environment Minister follow a crackdown on water traffic, after the death of a German tourist two weeks ago. Joachim Vogel, 50, a professor of criminal law, was crushed against a dock by a reversing vaporetto water bus as he took a tour with his family by gondola near the Rialto Bridge…

Venice may ban cruise ships from Grand Canal as tourist death prompts calls for ‘floating congestion zone’