Costa salvage effort complete

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.

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Costa Concordia righting could be done in four hours

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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