Accident Kills Diver at Costa Concordia Site

Press reports indicate the Spanish diver, age 41, gashed his leg on a piece of metal while working underwater to prepare the ship to be moved.

The Costa Concordia claimed another life Feb. 1. The victim is a diver who was injured while working underwater to prepare for sponsons to be attached to the cruise ship's starboard side. He gashed his leg on a piece of metal, according to press reports. The sponsons will be used to float the wrecked ship so it can be moved to a salvage yard.

He was assisted immediately by his stand-by diver and then was transferred to the operation's headquarters, where he was treated by the medical and paramedical staff of the salvage consortium and then by emergency medical staffers summoned to the site, according to news releases posted by the two partner companies, Titan Salvage and Micoperi.

The man is a Spanish national, age 41. The cause of the accident is being investigated, and Costa Crociere, which owns the ship, brought in two psychologists who specialize in post-traumatic events from the Spanish association of psychologists to assist members of his dive team, according to a second release that says a psychologist from Costa's care team is supporting family members of the diver who died.

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