Saturday 23 September 2017

Irishman arrested for illegally boarding the Costa Concordia

Engineers work on the wreckage of the Costa Concordia
Engineers work on the wreckage of the Costa Concordia
The capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia lies on its side during the 'parbuckling'
The top floor of the uprighted Costa Concordia
Thirty-two people died when the Costa Concordia slammed into a reef off the Tuscan island of Giglio and capsized in January 2012 (AP)
Insignia of the Costa Concordia cruise ship in upright position

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.

GIGLIO PORTO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 22: A general view of the uprighted Costa Concordia is seen on September 22, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. The search will be resumed for the missing bodies of Maria Grazia Tricarichi and Russsel Rebello, whose bodies were never found after the Costa Concordia capsized on January 13, 2012, leaving 32 people dead. Specialist divers from the coastguard, fire brigade and police will search the area between the righted ship and the coast and other parts of the vessel which were previously off limits. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
GIGLIO PORTO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 22: A general view of the uprighted Costa Concordia is seen on September 22, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. The search will be resumed for the missing bodies of Maria Grazia Tricarichi and Russsel Rebello, whose bodies were never found after the Costa Concordia capsized on January 13, 2012, leaving 32 people dead. Specialist divers from the coastguard, fire brigade and police will search the area between the righted ship and the coast and other parts of the vessel which were previously off limits. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
GIGLIO PORTO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 24: A general view of the uprighted Costa Concordia is seen on September 24, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. Today the search resumed for the missing bodies of Maria Grazia Tricarichi and Russsel Rebello, whose bodies were never found after the Costa Concordia capsized on January 13, 2012, leaving 32 people dead. Specialist divers from the coastguard, fire brigade and police have begun searching the area between the righted ship and the coast and other parts of the vessel which were previously off limits. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
GIGLIO PORTO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 22: A general view of the uprighted Costa Concordia is seen on September 22, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. The search will be resumed for the missing bodies of Maria Grazia Tricarichi and Russsel Rebello, whose bodies were never found after the Costa Concordia capsized on January 13, 2012, leaving 32 people dead. Specialist divers from the coastguard, fire brigade and police will search the area between the righted ship and the coast and other parts of the vessel which were previously off limits. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
GIGLIO PORTO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 22: A general view of the uprighted Costa Concordia is seen on September 22, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. The search will be resumed for the missing bodies of Maria Grazia Tricarichi and Russsel Rebello, whose bodies were never found after the Costa Concordia capsized on January 13, 2012, leaving 32 people dead. Specialist divers from the coastguard, fire brigade and police will search the area between the righted ship and the coast and other parts of the vessel which were previously off limits. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
GIGLIO PORTO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 22: A general view of the uprighted Costa Concordia is seen on September 22, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. The search will be resumed for the missing bodies of Maria Grazia Tricarichi and Russsel Rebello, whose bodies were never found after the Costa Concordia capsized on January 13, 2012, leaving 32 people dead. Specialist divers from the coastguard, fire brigade and police will search the area between the righted ship and the coast and other parts of the vessel which were previously off limits. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
GIGLIO PORTO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 22: A general view of the uprighted Costa Concordia is seen on September 22, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. The search will be resumed for the missing bodies of Maria Grazia Tricarichi and Russsel Rebello, whose bodies were never found after the Costa Concordia capsized on January 13, 2012, leaving 32 people dead. Specialist divers from the coastguard, fire brigade and police will search the area between the righted ship and the coast and other parts of the vessel which were previously off limits. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
GIGLIO PORTO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 22: A general view of the uprighted Costa Concordia is seen on September 22, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. The search will be resumed for the missing bodies of Maria Grazia Tricarichi and Russsel Rebello, whose bodies were never found after the Costa Concordia capsized on January 13, 2012, leaving 32 people dead. Specialist divers from the coastguard, fire brigade and police will search the area between the righted ship and the coast and other parts of the vessel which were previously off limits. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
GIGLIO PORTO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 22: A general view of the uprighted Costa Concordia is seen on September 22, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. The search will be resumed for the missing bodies of Maria Grazia Tricarichi and Russsel Rebello, whose bodies were never found after the Costa Concordia capsized on January 13, 2012, leaving 32 people dead. Specialist divers from the coastguard, fire brigade and police will search the area between the righted ship and the coast and other parts of the vessel which were previously off limits. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
GIGLIO PORTO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 22: A general view of the uprighted Costa Concordia is seen on September 22, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. The search will be resumed for the missing bodies of Maria Grazia Tricarichi and Russsel Rebello, whose bodies were never found after the Costa Concordia capsized on January 13, 2012, leaving 32 people dead. Specialist divers from the coastguard, fire brigade and police will search the area between the righted ship and the coast and other parts of the vessel which were previously off limits. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
GIGLIO PORTO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 24: A general view of the uprighted Costa Concordia is seen on September 24, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. Today the search resumed for the missing bodies of Maria Grazia Tricarichi and Russsel Rebello, whose bodies were never found after the Costa Concordia capsized on January 13, 2012, leaving 32 people dead. Specialist divers from the coastguard, fire brigade and police have begun searching the area between the righted ship and the coast and other parts of the vessel which were previously off limits. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
GIGLIO PORTO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 24: A close-up view of the uprighted Costa Concordia is seen on September 24, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. Today the search resumed for the missing bodies of Maria Grazia Tricarichi and Russsel Rebello, whose bodies were never found after the Costa Concordia capsized on January 13, 2012, leaving 32 people dead. Specialist divers from the coastguard, fire brigade and police have begun searching the area between the righted ship and the coast and other parts of the vessel which were previously off limits. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
GIGLIO PORTO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 24: A general view of the uprighted Costa Concordia is seen on September 24, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. Today the search resumed for the missing bodies of Maria Grazia Tricarichi and Russsel Rebello, whose bodies were never found after the Costa Concordia capsized on January 13, 2012, leaving 32 people dead. Specialist divers from the coastguard, fire brigade and police have begun searching the area between the righted ship and the coast and other parts of the vessel which were previously off limits. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
GIGLIO PORTO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 24: A view of the straightened ship Costa Concordia is seen on September 24, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. Today the search resumed for the missing bodies of Maria Grazia Tricarichi and Russsel Rebello, whose bodies were never found after the Costa Concordia capsized on January 13, 2012, leaving 32 people dead. Specialist divers from the coastguard, fire brigade and police have begun searching the area between the righted ship and the coast and other parts of the vessel which were previously off limits. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
GIGLIO PORTO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 24: Divers of the Nucleo Operatori Subacquei Guardia Costiera (Coast Guard) conduct a search operation onboard the Costa Concordia on September 24, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. Today the search resumed for the missing bodies of Maria Grazia Tricarichi and Russsel Rebello, whose bodies were never found after the Costa Concordia capsized on January 13, 2012, leaving 32 people dead. Specialist divers from the coastguard, fire brigade and police have begun searching the area between the righted ship and the coast and other parts of the vessel which were previously off limits. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
A detail of the ship straightened Costa Concordia is seen on September 24, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
GIGLIO PORTO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 24: A detail of the ship straightened Costa Concordia is seen on September 24, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. Today the search resumed for the missing bodies of Maria Grazia Tricarichi and Russsel Rebello, whose bodies were never found after the Costa Concordia capsized on January 13, 2012, leaving 32 people dead. Specialist divers from the coastguard, fire brigade and police have begun searching the area between the righted ship and the coast and other parts of the vessel which were previously off limits. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
Divers of the Nucleo Operatori Subacquei Guardia Costiera (Coast Guard) conduct a search operation onboard the Costa Concordia on September 24, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
GIGLIO PORTO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 24: Firefighters conduct a search operation onboard the Costa Concordia on September 24, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. Today the search resumed for the missing bodies of Maria Grazia Tricarichi and Russsel Rebello, whose bodies were never found after the Costa Concordia capsized on January 13, 2012, leaving 32 people dead. Specialist divers from the coastguard, fire brigade and police have begun searching the area between the righted ship and the coast and other parts of the vessel which were previously off limits. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
GIGLIO PORTO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 24: Divers of the Nucleo Operatori Subacquei Guardia Costiera (Coast Guard) and firefighters conduct a search operation onboard the Costa Concordia on September 24, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. Today the search resumed for the missing bodies of Maria Grazia Tricarichi and Russsel Rebello, whose bodies were never found after the Costa Concordia capsized on January 13, 2012, leaving 32 people dead. Specialist divers from the coastguard, fire brigade and police have begun searching the area between the righted ship and the coast and other parts of the vessel which were previously off limits. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
A Titan worker looks at the stricken ship while firefighters conduct a search operation onboard the Costa Concordia on September 24, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
Firefighters conduct a search operation onboard the Costa Concordia on September 24, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
Divers of the Nucleo Operatori Subacquei Guardia Costiera (Coast Guard) conduct a search operation onboard the Costa Concordia on September 24, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
Divers of the Nucleo Operatori Subacquei Guardia Costiera (Coast Guard) conduct a search operation onboard the Costa Concordia on September 24, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
Divers of the Nucleo Operatori Subacquei Guardia Costiera (Coast Guard) conduct a search operation onboard the Costa Concordia on September 24, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
GIGLIO PORTO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 24: Firefighters conduct a search operation onboard the Costa Concordia on September 24, 2013 in Giglio Porto, Italy. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)

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.

Carabinieri scuba divers swim close to the Costa Concordia cruise ship, off the tiny Giglio island, Italy. The $450 million Costa Concordia was carrying more than 4,200 passengers and crew when it slammed into well-marked rocks off the island of Giglio.
Carabinieri scuba divers swim close to the Costa Concordia cruise ship, off the tiny Giglio island, Italy. The $450 million Costa Concordia was carrying more than 4,200 passengers and crew when it slammed into well-marked rocks off the island of Giglio.
Firefighters work on the side of the Costa Concordia cruise ship.
A firefighter climbs the insides of the Costa Concordia cruise ship which ran aground off the west coast of Italy at Giglio island January 19, 2012. Italian rescue workers suspended their search of the capsized Italian cruise liner Costa Concordia after the ship moved again on Friday, firefighters' spokeman Luca Cari said. Picture taken January 19, 2012. REUTERS/Vigili del Fuoco/Handout (ITALY - Tags: DISASTER MARITIME) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
Firefighters approach from the side of the Costa Concordia cruise ship which ran aground off the west coast of Italy at Giglio island January 19, 2012. Italian rescue workers suspended their search of the capsized Italian cruise liner Costa Concordia after the ship moved again on Friday, firefighters' spokeman Luca Cari said. Picture taken January 19, 2012. REUTERS/Vigili del Fuoco/Handout (ITALY - Tags: DISASTER MARITIME) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
The Costa Concordia lists heavily after striking rocks off the Italian coast
Passengers on the ship prepare be boraded onto lifeboats as the emergency evacuation takes place
Passenegers wait to be evacuated from the cruise liner
Lifeboats can be seen leaving the stricken vessel
The Costa Concordia lies partly submerged at almost 90 degrees, empty lifeboats can be seen along the harbour wall in the foreground of the picture
An aerial view shows the stricken vessel surrounded by rescue boats
A rescue vessels cirlces the stricken cruise liner
This picture shows the close proximity of the vessel to the shore
The Costa Concordia lies capsized near the Tuscan shore
A rescue team near the partly-submerged top deck of the Costa Concordia
A rescue diver searches for survivors onboard the Costa Concordia
A helicopter lowers a rescue worker onto the stricken vessel
Onlookers watch events unfiold from near-by rocks
This aerial view shows a huge tear in the hull of the Costa Concordia
A huge bolder lodged in the Costa Concordia's hull
A wider aerial view of the scene and surrounding coast
A South Korean man, centre, is taken back to shore after been rescued along with his wife from the Costa Concordia
Rescue workers hold a guide rope as divers search the ship for survivors
A rescue diver makes his way through debris inside the vessel
Costa Concordia cruise liner captain Francesco Schettino is escorted away by a Carabinieri. Photo: AP

"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."

Caitlin McBride

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