Diver dies after getting trapped on Costa Concordia

A diver working on the wreck of the Costa Concordia died after getting trapped by an underwater metal sheet.

The wreckage of the Costa Concordia Credit: Reuters

The man, a Spanish national, was preparing the wreck for removal when he cut his leg on the metal sheet and was unable to get free, La Nazione reported.

The diver, who worked for the Spanish company UCS (Underwater Contractors Spain), was rescued by a colleague, who brought him to the surface of the water, but the man later died.

He was involved in an underwater operation when the incident occurred, an official at salvage firm Titan Micoperi confirmed.

The death marks the first fatality in the salvage operation of the Concordia since it capsized off the Italian island of Giglio two years ago, killing 32 passengers and crew.