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Sunken liner starts its rise from seafloor

Italian effort aims to refloat Costa Concordia, which hit reef in ’12, killing 32

Posted: July 15, 2014 at 3:36 a.m.

Operations to refloat and tow away the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia get underway on the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, Monday, July 14, 2014. The shipwrecked Costa Concordia was successfully refloated in preparation to be towed away for scrapping, 30 months after it struck a reef and capsized, killing 32 people. The entire operation to remove the Concordia from the reef and float it to the Italian port of Genoa, where it will be scrapped, will cost a total of 1.5 billion euros (2 billion US dollars), Costa Crociere SpA CEO Michael Tamm told reporters. (AP Photo/Alessandro La Rocca, LaPresse) ITALY OUT

ROME -- Engineers started refloating the deformed hull of the cruise liner Costa Concordia on Monday, a crucial step before its final removal from the Tuscan island where it ran aground 30 months ago, taking 32 lives.

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