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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