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Massive maritime salvage begins to re-float Costa Concordia

Italians living on the island of Giglio gathered to remember the 32 victims of the Costa Concordia tragedy on the eve of the final phase of a salvage operation.

Locals plus maritime engineers and government officials took a moment to reflect on the evening of January 13, 2012 when the giant liner ran aground.

Since then the wreck of the vessel has been resting on a specially constructed platform ahead of the next stage which involves it being towed to Genoa.

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