Scuba diver prays Costa Concordia will sink: 'manna from heaven'
- On 06/05/2012
- In Maritime News
Marcus Hondro - Digital Journal
There's an Italian scuba diver from the island of Giglio, where the partially submerged Costa Concordia lies, who is praying the cruise liner will sink.
Why ? Because Aldo Baffigi believes if it sinks it will attract scuba divers from the world over.
"Every night I light a candle and say a prayer for it to sink," Baffigi, from Giglio, says of the ship on which 32 people died.
"It would be the most popular shipwreck in the world. We wouldn't know what to do with all the divers.
It would be like manna from heaven."Baffigi has a vested interest beyond simply hoping to meet other divers, he owns and operates a company called Deep Blue Diving College and conducts tours of shipwrecks and points of interest in the area.
A sunken 290 meter ship with four swimming pools and 9 decks off shore will provide business.
Will it happen ? Despite the fact Titan Salvage of the U.S. is leading operations to remove the ship intact and sail from the area to a port where it will be salvaged - it will take up to a year - Baffigi believes there is a chance it will sink before that can happen.
Reuters reporter Steve Scherer points out in a story that quotes Baffigi, most of the rest of the 1,500 residents of Giglio do not want the ship, which has been there since Jan. 13th, to sink and stay in the area, they want it gone.
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