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Italy ship wreck set to be lifted and towed away

High-risk salvage operation of Costa Concordia expected to take 6-7 days

To scrapyard: Thirty tanks that have been welded to the sides the 290-metre cruise ship, which was rotated upright in September and is now sitting on an underwater platform, will work as a pneumatic system in an attempt to raise it. - PHOTO: AFP

[ROME] The refloating of Italy's ill-fated Costa Concordia cruise ship is set to begin today, with a high-risk salvage operation to raise the rusting hulk ahead of its final journey to the shipyard where it was built. Two and a half years after it sank off the island of Giglio in a nighttime