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Costa Concordia: Wrecked cruise ship floating again

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Monday, July 14, 2014, 10:00 AM - The wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship is now afloat once again.

A salvage team has completed the mammoth attempt to raise the Costa Concordia.

Crews floated it by pumping air into giant boxes surrounding the ship.

Officials say it was a delicate operation as the ship could have broken apart.

The cruise liner ran aground and tipped over two and a half years ago off Italy's Giglio Island. More than 4,200 passengers were aboard and 32 people died in the wreck.

It's been 10 months since salvage teams rolled the 114,000-ton vessel off the rocks in one of the most complex shipwreck recovery efforts ever undertaken.

Once the ship is completely floated, they'll tow it -- slowly and carefully -- 240 kilometers to Genoa.

Officials say it's likely the towing process won't start for days, due to port restrictions. It will take five to six days for the ship to reach Genoa, officials said.

Since the wreck two years ago, 24 metric tonnes of debris, including furniture, dishes, food, personal effects and ship parts, have been recovered from the seabed.

It's estimated the catastrophe will end up costing the ship's owners about two billion dollars.

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