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Costa Concordia Raised Off Rocks After 19-Hour Salvage Operation

The wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship was successfully righted today after an unprecedented 19-hour operation off the Italian island of Giglio, where the cruise liner has been lying on its side since it capsized 20 months ago, killing 32 passengers.

The operation, known as parbuckling or vertical rotation “is concluded,” Italy’s civil protection agency chief Franco Gabrielli announced at a televised press briefing shortly after 4 a.m. local time. “Today we have reached a turning point to move the ship away from Giglio’s waters.”