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Concordia diver found dead in shower

Not work-related, police say

Concordia diver found dead in shower

Grosseto, April 26 - A diver working to remove the Costa Concordia cruise liner from a Tuscan reef after last year's disaster that claimed 32 lives has been found dead in his shower. The 54-year-old Filipino last went down three days ago and his death has not been linked to his job, police said. Work to remove the wreckage of the partially submerged liner began 10 days ago. In January 2012, the cruise ship hit a rock formation after an allegedly rash manoeuvre by captain Francesco Schettino to sail near Giglio Island to "salute" local people. It tilted onto its side and made salvage operations difficult. Workers have mounted the first of 30 floats for stabilization, alignment and lift - called "sponsons" - on the submerged part of the ship. The 395-tonne flotation device arrived at Giglio Island on April 17. Fifteen of the hollow so-called 'projections' will be positioned on each side of the ship. On one side, they will be filled with water, and the hull made to rotate with the aid of steel tie rods. Once the massive wreck is aligned, the filled sponsons will be emptied to enable the wreck to float and be towed to its destination port. The sponsons vary in dimension, with the three largest weighing 500 tons and measuring 30 metres in length, 11 meters in height and 11 metres in depth. Four sponsons are ready and awaiting deployment from Livorno, while the rest are still in the process of being prepared.

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