Costa Concordia is finally raised: First pictures of stricken cruise ship winched upright after salvage team works through the night


As the ship rose from the depths, decks which have been underwater for 20 months since the ship went down with the loss of 32 lives, became visible. The vessel is covered in rust and stained by the sea while all the windows which were submerged are shattered. Despite earlier fears that the ship may break apart before it reached the crucial angel of 65 degrees, the operation has gone smoothly, if slower than expected. Shortly after 4am this morning, a foghorn wailed on Giglio Island and the head of Italy’s Civil Protection agency, Franco Gabrielli, announced that the ship had reached vertical and that the operation to rotate it – known in nautical terms as parbuckling – was complete


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