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Biggest ever salvage operation begins in bid to raise the Costa Concordia
THE anxiously awaited attempt to pull the crippled Costa Concordia upright from its side off Italy's Tuscan coast is under way.
Engineer Sergio Girotto said the lifting began three hours late this morning after being delayed by an unexpected thunderstorm.
The storm had pushed back the positioning of a barge hosting a floating command room centre. There, engineers using remote controls will guide a synchronised leverage system of pulleys and counterweights to delicately nudge the ship free from its rocky seabed perch.
The operation is a proven method to raise capsized vessels, but the Concordia has been described as the largest cruise ship ever to require the complex rotation.
The Concordia crashed into a reef on January 13, 2012, killing 32 people. One man from County Durham managed to escape the disaster.
Ian Fraser, of Esh Winning, County Durham, was working on board the ship, which ran aground off the Tuscan coast and keeled over.
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