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Tuscany to help family of diver killed on Concordia job


Florence, February 4 - 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
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.
Moreno was airlifted to hospital but died of his wound and
complications that resulted.
Enrico Rossi, president of the Tuscan region, said
assistance will be offered to the family from a regional
solidarity fund for injured workers, which offers between 20,000
and 25,000 euros to their families.
Rossi said he realized that money did not replace Moreno
for his family.
"A financial contribution is certainly not enough to
compensate the families for the void left by their spouse;
however, it is a sign of the region's solidarity," said Rossi.
"I renew my sympathy to the family".
The recovery and salvage operation has been underway since
September 2013 when a massive parbuckling operation lifted the
massive cruise ship off its side and into an upright position so
it can be safely moved while still protecting the eco-system.
Meanwhile, a trial involving multiple manslaughter charges
continues against the ship's former captain Francesco Schettino,
who is also accused of causing a shipwreck and leaving his ship
before all passengers were evacuated.

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