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article imageCosta Concordia takes 33rd victim as diver dies during salvage op

By Marcus Hondro     Feb 2, 2014 in World
Thirty-two people died on Jan. 13, 2012 in the Costa Concordia disaster when the Italian cruise liner went down. On Saturday a 33rd victim was taken when a diver from Spain cut his leg underwater. Brought to surface, he later died.
The diver was working with others, attaching large tanks to the sides of the ship that will help to pull it off a false seabed it now rests on and keep it afloat. The Costa Concordia was raised up out of the ocean in September and is being prepared to be towed to the Italian port of Piombino for salvaging, likely in June.
Reportedly the deceased diver gashed his leg on a sheet of metal under the water near the ship and became entangled, unable to freely move away. He was found by a colleague who managed to get the man to the surface, still conscious. However, the injured diver died sometime later.
The refloating and removal of the 114,500 ton Costa Concordia is the largest marine salvage operation ever attempted, with an estimated cost of $810 million (600 million euro). The work is being done by the American company Titan Salvage and the Italian company Micoperi.
The captain of the ship, Francesco Schettino, is currently on trial in Grossetto, Italy on charges of causing a shipwreck, manslaughter and abandoning his ship.
The name of the diver has not been released.
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