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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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'It will take time' to see change in Costa position

The Costa Concordia capsized off the coast of Italy nearly two years ago. Credit: RTV

Engineering teams have begun lifting the shipwrecked Costa Concordia but "visually it will take some time" to see any difference.

Sergio Girotto, project manager for the Italian salvage firm Micoperi, said: "The inclination is progressive and of course after each step we'll carry out controls both underwater and via our cameras and we'll monitor the behaviour and the angle of the ship, which should start moving.

"Visually it will take some time before you'll see a difference but nonetheless the operation has started and everything is going well."

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