Irishman arrested for illegally boarding the Costa Concordia
An Irishman (35) has been arrested on suspicion of boarding the Costa Concordia in order to search for souvenirs, according to reports.
The man, who has not yet been named, was arrested with four other individuals, including a Briton (42) and two South African men, aged 24 and 26.
They were employed by Titan, a salvage company hired with the task of raising the cruise ship, which capsized off the coast of Italy nearly two years ago killing 32 people.
It is believed they boarded the ship late Thursday night and were seen on CCTV footage.
Costa Concordia was successfully levelled in September of this year.
They have been bailed by Italian authorities in Tuscany and are due to appear before court accused of breaching a sealed crime zone.
They have since been dismissed by Titan.
The company released a media statement, saying: "Four employees have been dismissed after they were identified on board the Costa Concordia without permission and in a zone that is off limits.
"The matter is now in the hands of the local authorities."
Italian police Lieutenant Elisabette Spoti confirmed the arrest to the Mail Online.
"The men were spotted by CCTV's positioned facing the Concordia and the security firm employed alerted us, and Titan as to the unauthorised presence of the four men," she said.
"They were caught red handed with the ruck sack and the suspicion is they were trying to take items from the ship as souvenirs. They should not have been anywhere near the vessel as it is still a crime scene and as such sealed off.
"When they were held they had with them in their possession a rucksack with the Costa Concordia emblem on it.
"They had no permission to be on the ship and they were caught at 1.30am in the morning when no salvage operation was ongoing.
"We are also carrying out checks to establish what exactly the role of the four men held was during the salvage operation."