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'Human remains found' near Costa Concordia wreck

Divers have spotted human remains near the shipwrecked Costa Concordia off an Italian island, the Associated Press reported.

Authorities say DNA tests will determine if the remains belong to two victims whose bodies were never found.

The ship was successfully salvaged slowly onto its side last week. Credit: ITV News

A Italian official said relatives of the two victims -- a female Italian passenger and a male Indian waiter -- were notified after divers saw the remains this morning.

Read: Brother of Costa Concordia victim hopeful his remains will be recovered

Newly-righted Costa Concordia seen on Google Earth

A satellite image of the newly-righted Costa Concordia cruise liner can be seen on Google Earth.

The Costa Concordia before the salvage attempt (left) and after (right.
The Costa Concordia before the salvage attempt (left) and after (right. Credit: Google Earth

It follows a successful salvage operation in which the vessel was shifted from the rocks off the Italian island of Giglio.

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Pictures show completed Costa Concordia operation

The operation to shift the stricken Costa Concordia ship from the rocks off the Italian island of Giglio has been completed.

The head of Italy's civil protection authority confirmed it took 19 hours to raise the capsized cruise liner onto its side.

Water was pumped into the sponsons (the large metal containers on the side of ship) to help shift the cruise liner back onto its side.
Water was pumped into the sponsons (the large metal containers on the side of ship) to help shift the cruise liner back onto its side. Credit: APTN
The Costa Concordia was wrecked in January 2012 after colliding with a rock off the coast of Isola del Giglio.
The Costa Concordia was wrecked in January 2012 after colliding with a rock off the coast of Isola del Giglio. Credit: APTN
Engineering boats surround the cruise liner after the successful operation.
Engineering boats surround the cruise liner after the successful operation. Credit: APTN

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Costa Concordia salvage operation completed

The previously capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia is seen at the end of the "parbuckling" operation outside Giglio harbour this morning. Credit: Reuters

The Costa Concordia salvage operation has been completed, the head of Italy's civil protection authority announced.

It took engineers 19 hours to raise the ship from its side.

"We are now ready to move to the next steps," engineers announced.

Costa Concordia nearly fully upright

The Costa Concordia appears to be close to fully upright following a 20-hour process to shift the stricken cruise liner.

"Everything is going on according to plan," said the last operational update.

The process could be complete within a few hours. Credit: Reuters
The ship appears to be only a few degrees off horizontal. Credit: Reuters

How the parbuckling process to right the Costa works

Costa Concordia righting could be done in four hours

by - Europe Correspondent

The Costa Concordia salvage operation is now into the final stage of the recovery and the ship is at a 24 degree rotation.

Water is going into the sponsons (the large metal containers on the side of ship).

Engineers say everything is going smoothly and they are very pleased with the way the salvage is going.

It may just be four hours now until it is complete.

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