Italy Costa Concordia cruise wreck turned upright in unique salvage
GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy (AFP) - Salvage operators in Italy lifted the Costa Concordia cruise ship upright from its watery grave off the island of Giglio on Tuesday in the biggest ever project of its kind.
The sound of ship horns sounded across the water in celebration, mixing with applause and cheers in the port in a climax to the 19-hour operation.
The 290m, 114,500-ton vessel - longer than the Titanic and more than twice as heavy - rose from the sea like a ghost ship.
The side of the giant ship that had been underwater was rusty and brown 20 months on from the Jan 13, 2012 tragedy, contrasting with the brilliant white on the exposed side.