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Costa Concordia wreck to be raised upright in multi-million euro operation

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Costa Concordia wreck to be raised upright in multi-million euro operation

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Salvage teams are preparing to haul the wrecked Costa Concordia liner upright.

The giant cruise ship has been lying on its side off the Italian coast since it capsized in January 2012, killing 32 people.

Machines will pull the 114,000-tonne ship off the sea bed and onto underwater platforms, rotating it in a process known as ‘parbuckling,’ on Monday morning.

As they do so, underwater cameras will film the seabed and divers will look for the bodies of two missing passengers.

Senior salvage master Nicholas Sloane said: ‘‘It’s a big concern to everyone, especially us and the families, so when we bring it upright we’ll have underwater cameras that will see exactly what is on the seabed and the authorities will be looking for the missing people – that’s one of the priorities.”

The ship will eventually be towed away to be broken up for scrap. The cost of the salvage is estimated to be 600 million euros