The ill fated cruise ship Costa Concordia has finally been pulled completely upright in a 19-hour operation.
The 114,500 ton luxury cruise ship slammed into a reef off Giglio Island, Italy, after the captain Francesco Schettino, brought the cruise ship too close to shore. Costa Concordia capsized on January 13, 2012, off Tuscany. This caused major damage to the ship, which resulted in the loss of live for 32 people, as well as injures to many. Several of the bodies have yet to be recovered, but there are hopes that because the ship is now the winched upside, they can be recovered.
In what is said to be an engineering feat, the ship was raised by 65 degrees, without breaking it into two, so it could be towed away to turned into scrap. The Concordia is now expected to be floated away in the spring and turned into scrap.
Here are a few photos from the salvage of Costa Concordia!