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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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Stormy night delays Costa Concordia salvage attempt

As the lightning flashed and the wind picked up it was just the kind of night the salvage team of the Costa Concordia had dreaded.

Five hundred people are working around the clock to give this operation the best chance of success and the final preparations were all meant to be done in the dark of Sunday night.

Lightning flashes near the capsized Consta Concordia. Credit: Reuters

The weather however has put paid to that.

Consequently the last minute work hasn’t been done and they’re desperately trying to catch up now.

The stormy night delayed the salvage team's final preparations. Credit: Reuters

Key to that work is the control barge – floating just off the wreck it’s linked to the robot cameras that will beam images back to those overseeing the project.

If those images don’t get back to the barge it’s impossible for them to continue so getting the barge up and running is now the priority.

The Costa Concordia has lain on her side on the rocks off the tiny Tuscan island of Julio for a year and a half. Credit: Reuters

After a year and a half of success and set back however the delays are not causing too much stress for those trying to right the Costa.

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