Countdown for Costa Concordia parbuckling begins

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Giglio Island, Italy (CBS)– The people of Giglio, who
have been living for months in the shadow of the capsized ocean liner
Costa Concordia, have been waiting for this day with hope and fear. Now
the moment of truth has finally arrived: the ship is ready for
parbuckling — rotating the 952-foot-long wreck to an upright position.

Will it work?” is the question on every resident’s mind, only too aware that no one has provided details of a Plan B.

If weather conditions permit, the parbuckling will begin early Monday morning.

Rolling the ship off the seabed and onto huge underwater platforms is expected to take eight to ten hours.

The Costa Concordia is around two-and-a-half times the size of the Titanic, and no one wants to see it split apart.

ew of the locals will ever forget the night of January 13, 2012, when the huge Costa Concordia struck rocks. There was a mad rush to provide assistance to the thousands fleeing the ship. The harsh reality that 32 people lost their lives in the disaster still haunts many of them.

Two bodies are still missing, and their families are hopeful they will now be found.

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