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Raising the Costa Concordia: Operation begins to salvage stricken liner

Organisers admitted the £500m rescue cost could rise if they encounter problems. (REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

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The Costa Concordia, the cruise liner which sank off the coast of Tuscany in January 2012, will be lifted off the sea bed next week in the most expensive maritime salvage operation ever. The huge rescue operation to salvage the 114,000-tonne ship will take 12 hours and could cost as much as £500m. 32 people died when the liner, which had 4,200 on board, hit rocks and ran aground off the island of Giglio last year.

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