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Watch: Time-Lapse of Costa Concordia Operation

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After 19 hours, a team of over 500 divers, engineers and technicians successfully pulled the Costa Concordia luxury cruise ship into an upright position nearly two years after it ran aground off the coast of Tuscany, killing 32 people.

NPR's Sylvia Poggioli explained that "the old nautical term for the operation is called parbuckling. Over a 10- to 12-hour period, the ship — now slumped on its side on a sloping reef — will be slowly rotated as dozens of pulleys will pull it upright."

The salvage project now allows for a renewed search for the two bodies that were never recovered, and for the ship to eventually be towed away.

This program aired on September 17, 2013. The audio for this program is not available.

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