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    Workers Raise Italian Cruise Ship From Reef

    The damaged side of the capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia is seen at the end of the 'parbuckling' operation outside Giglio Harbor, Italy, Sept. 17, 2013.
    The damaged side of the capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia is seen at the end of the 'parbuckling' operation outside Giglio Harbor, Italy, Sept. 17, 2013.
    VOA News
    Salvage crews have successfully completed the slow and complex procedure to lift the wreckage of a cruise ship that was partially submerged off the coast of an Italian island.

    Residents of Giglio Island and workers cheered alike early Tuesday morning after officials declared the end of the painstaking 19-hour procedure to pull the Costa Concordia upright after 20 months resting on a giant reef.

    "This is a very important moment, a great moment. We are very moved because we had to bear this violent event and we transformed it into a great sense of responsibility," said Giglio Mayor Sergio Ortelli.

    Sunrise fully exposed the ship's mangled and algae-covered starboard side, but the ship as a whole remained intact.

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    Workers Raise Italian Cruise Ship From Reefi
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    September 17, 2013 1:14 PM
    Salvage crews have successfully completed the slow and complex procedure to lift the wreckage of a cruise ship that was partially submerged off the coast of an Italian island.

    The salvage operation will allow rescue crews to search for the bodies of two of the 32 people killed when the Costa Concordia ran aground on January 13, 2012.

    The ship will undergo repairs so it can be towed away from Giglio Island sometime next year.

    The captain of the Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, is currently on trial for manslaughter. Prosecutors say he caused the accident by steering too close to shore, and then abandoned the ship before most of those on board were accounted for.

    • The damaged side of the capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia is visible after the ship was righted outside Giglio harbor, Italy, Sept. 17, 2013.
    • The damaged side of the capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia is visible after the ship was righted outside Giglio harbor, Italy, Sept. 17, 2013.
    • The damaged side of the capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia is visible after the ship was righted outside Giglio harbor, Italy, Sept. 17, 2013.
    • The damaged side of the capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia is visible after the ship was righted outside Giglio harbor, Italy, Sept. 17, 2013.
    • The capsized Costa Concordia cruise liner is pictured after the start of the operation to tilt the ship upright outside Giglio harbor, Italy, Sept. 16, 2013.
    • People look on as the capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia lies on its side next to Giglio Island, Italy, Sept. 16, 2013.
    • The Costa Concordia ship lies on its side near the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, Sept. 16, 2013.
    • A ferry boat sails in front of the Costa Concordia ship lying on its side near the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, Sept. 16, 2013.

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