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It is estimated that the rescue operation for the Concordia will be the most expensive in maritime history. (REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

Raising the Costa Concordia: Operation begins to salvage stricken liner

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.