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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Most difficult part of salvage attempt underway

Everything is so far going smoothly. Operations have been underway for eight minutes and there is a pull of 2,000 tonnes now on the ship. This will increase by 200 tons a time.

Robotic cameras are monitoring the strain the pull is putting on the vessel to be sure it can take the strain.

This is most difficult part of the operation as they try and raise the ship off the rocks it's trapped on. Underwater cameras are guiding the work.

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