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This Pleiades image, acquired 17 September 2013, shows the recovery of the Costa Concordia off the coast of Giglio Island, Italy.

The cruise ship crashed against the rocks in January 2012 and capsized, killing 32 people aboard. Recovery efforts began in the aftermath, said to be one of the largest salvage operations ever conducted, and the engineers have reported success this week in freeing the vessel from the rocks.

This has been accomplished through the use of strong cables and water tanks, slowly moving the 114,000 tonne vessel upright. Once this process has been completed, repair efforts will begin in hopes of making it ready for towing away and then safely destroying the wreck.

There are also hopes that two currently unrecovered bodies of the victims of the crash may be discovered during the salvage operation.

View the full resolution image and see an earlier image of the recovery from July 2013.

Credit: CNES 2013 - Distribution: Astrium Services / Spot Image S.A. France, all rights reserved

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