Shipwrecked Costa Concordia Upright After 19-Hour Operation Off Italy

Engineers declared the 114,000-ton Costa Concordia cruise ship completely upright on Tuesday after an operation to pull it from its side where it capsized in January 2012. Thirty-two people died last year when the ship, with 4,200 passengers onboard, hit rocks and ran aground off the island of Giglio.

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Salvage workers worked to raise the cruise ship in the largest and most expensive maritime salvage operation in history. Using the technique called parbuckling, the ship was rotated by a series of cables and hydraulic machines.

There was many obstacles the crews faced, starting with a storm that postponed the operation.

Early on Monday, crews lifted it from a rock shelf, and then engineers hit the tipping point they were awaiting after 15 hours of slower-than-expected progress.

This is the first time such a massive cruise ship has been righted. The damaged Costa Concordia will now be towed away and scrapped.

Time lapse of the ship being pulled from the water:

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Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.

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