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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Operation to raise Concordia not due to finish today

The raising of the Costa Concordia is not due to be finished today.

The operation is expected to run beyond midnight local time.

Salvage crew workers follow an operation to raise the capsized cruise liner. Credit: Reuters

It was initially estimated that the project would take 12 hours, but the salvage team are thought to be happy if it takes between 15 and 18 hours.

However, the weather is due to deteriorate from 10pm local time.

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