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Body of ILVA crane operator found at sea

Francesco Zaccaria swept away by tornado Wednesday

Body of ILVA crane operator found at sea

Taranto, November 30 - The body of a crane operator at the ILVA steel group's Taranto plant was recovered by divers Friday after being swept out to sea by a tornado Wednesday. The body of 29-year-old Francesco Zaccaria was found about 30 metres down, covered by a thick layer of mud, the coast guard told ANSA. The tornado, which hurt about 20 people, hit the plant amid talks to try to keep it open despite a police probe into years of alleged cancer-causing pollution that led to a wave of arrests. The government is set to issue an emergency decree Friday to keep some 20,000 workers on the job as an environmental clean-up proceeds. Premier Mario Monti said closing the plant, and another large one in Genoa which depends on its, would take eight billion euros out of the Italian economy. The plant at the Puglia port is the second biggest steelworks in Europe.

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