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article imageFour divers arrested as they hunted souvenirs on Costa Concordia

By Marcus Hondro     Nov 10, 2013 in Crime
Four divers who worked for Titan Salvage, one of two companies that raised the Costa Concordia, were caught on the ship in the middle of the night stealing souvenirs. The divers have been fired and will appear in court in Grosseto, Italy.
One of the divers is British, another Irish and two from South Africa. They were spotted by CCTVs at 1:30 a.m. last week and a boat was dispatched to the scene. They were taken while onboard and one was carrying a rucksack.
4 Costa Concordia divers arrested
While the ship sits 300 metres off the island of Giglio in the Tuscan Sea, the four will have their trial date in Grosseto, on the mainland. Grosseto is the city where the captain of the Costa Concordia when she went down on Jan. 13, 2012, Francesco Schettino, is on trial. He is charged with manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning his ship.
"The men were spotted by CCTVs positioned facing the Concordia and the security firm employed alerted us, and Titan as to the unauthorised presence of the four men," Lt. Elisabette Spoti of the carabinieri, a paramilitary police force, told the media. "They were caught red handed with the ruck sack and the suspicion is they were trying to take items from the ship as souvenirs."
Thirty-two people died in the Costa Concordia tragedy when the ship listed over with 65 percent of her underwater. Titan Salvage of the U.S. along with Micoperi of Italy pulled the cruise liner back upright in September in an operation that took some 20 months. The Costa Concordia will be towed to a port in the spring and scrapped.
Officials said the divers will be charged with theft and breaching a crime scene. The men claim they were simply looking for souvenirs and did not intend to take anything of value from safes in staterooms in the area they were caught.
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