Costa Concordia rescue operation - in pictures

By Kevin Scott, MSN UK News AP
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The Costa Concordia has been raised upright

Late last night the cruise liner was raised upright onto a specially created underwater platform in the biggest salvage operation of its kind ever.

Thirty-two people died when the ship got into difficulties and became partially submerged off the Tuscan coast 20 months ago.

The water will now be pumped from the hull so the vessel can be floated and towed away for demolition.

Click through the gallery for more images of the rescue operation

See a timelapse video of the operation

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It took more than 12 hours to right the ship

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The ship is a write-off after spending more than a year and a half under water

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Damage was clearly visible on the starboard side

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As dawn arrives, the Costa Concordia is upright

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Early yesterday morning the ship had been lifted off the seabed

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Computed-controlled cables were used to manage the operation

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Workers inspect the Costa Concordia ship as it lies on its side near the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy

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The procedure, known as parbuckling, had never previously been carried out on a vessel as large as the Costa Concordia before

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The ship is over 951 feet long (290m)

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An overnight storm slightly delayed the operation

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The mission is one of the largest salvage operations ever attempted

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Workers surveying the stricken vessel

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An international team of engineers was assembled for the operation

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The ship weighs more than 114,000 tonnes and is roughly the length of three football fields laid end to end

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