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Wrecked Costa Concordia Successfully Raised ... In Part

The Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia has been partially raised. It ran aground Jan. 13, 2012, killing 32 people.
Posted at 10:05 AM, Jul 14, 2014

The Costa Concordia, the Italian cruise ship that ran aground in 2012, has successfully been raised. (Via Getty Images, Getty Images)

"It's a massive effort to get this ship away from this island, finally." (Via BBC)

On Jan. 13, 2012, the Costa Concordia ran aground. Of the 4,000 passengers, 32 people died. BBC reminds us in May of that year, it was decided the ship would be salvaged.

Fast forward to 2014, and part of the feat has finally been done. (Via Getty Images)

CNN's article focused on the one victim whose remains were never found, noting now that the ship is floating, his remains might be easier to find. The outlet reports on the risk of the raising and towing.

"It's a dangerous and tricky procedure. The ship is rotting and there's a real risk the bottom of it could give way." (Via CNN / TM News)

As for how the ship was raised, metal boxes were attached to either side of the Concordia. Water was drained from the boxes and replaced with compressed air. (Via Getty Images)

The ship isn't completely floated yet, but if all goes according to plan, it will be soon. 

Once it's raised more, crews will attach chains to reinforce the rotting bottom. Then, an attempt at a full refloat will begin and the ship will be towed to Genoa. (Via Getty Images)

"Has this been done before?"
"Nothing on this scale. The size of the ship and the scale make it unique. ... No one's ever used 66,000 cubic meters of buoyancy to refloat a ship." 
(Via NBC)

The captain of the ship is accused of abandoning the passengers and has been charged with manslaughter. (Via The National​)

NPR reports in late 2013, he blamed the helmsman for failing to execute a corrective maneuver that "could have kept the massive vessel off a rocky shoal." The captain is currently on trial.