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Costa Concordia salvage a 'success'

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Salvage crews have completed raising the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner after a 19-hour long operation which ended in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

In one of the most expensive and complex maritime salvage missions ever attempted, the Concordia was pulled upright by a series of huge jacks and cables and set on an artificial platform.

A spokesperson for the technical team said everything had gone smoothly .

The cruise ship has lain on rocks off the island of Giglio for the last 20 months after it ran aground with more than 4,000 people on board.

Thirty-two people died in the incident, two bodies have yet to be recovered.

Now upright, salvage teams will spend months stabilising the ship before it is towed away for scrap.

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