Costa Concordia upright after massive salvage effort

Costa Concordia

GIGLIO, ITALY (CNN/KYTX) - Engineers are calling it a "perfect operation." After 20 months of planning and preparation, the Costa Concordia cruise ship is finally upright.

In a lengthy process involving massive pulleys, cables and steel tanks, a salvage crew managed to roll the 114,000 ton vessel off of the rocks where it ran aground in January 2012 off the Italian island of Giglio. The Costa Concordia disaster killed 32 of the 4,200 people on board.

The remains of two victims, Russel Rebello of India and Maria Grazia Trecarichi of Sicily, have never have been recovered.

The Costa Concordia will be towed to a salvage yard and be broken up and sold for scrap.




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