A week after a sunken cruise ship was refloated, the Costa Concordia was slowly raised off a reef Monday so it can be towed to Genoa and dismantled for scrap.
The Costa Concordia was sailing in the Tyrrhenian Sea with more than 4,200 passengers and crew when it struck rocks off the Italian island of Giglio, ripping a 160-foot gash in the Concordia's hull. The ship began to list and soon lost power when the engine room flooded.
Despite the growing disaster, the order to abandon ship was not issued for more than an hour. The evacuation took more than six hours. Thirty-two people were killed, and the body of one presumed victim, Indian waiter Russel Rebello, was never found.
Removal of the Concordia from the reef and moving it to Genoa, where it will be scrapped, will cost $2 billion, Costa Crociere CEO Michael Tamm said. The ship, which first sailed in 2005, cost about $570 million.
The 150-mile tow to Genoa is expected to take about five days.
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Contributing: John Bacon, Bart Jansen, USA TODAY