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Costa Concordia could be righted in September

Ship that wrecked killing 32 remains tilted off of Tuscan shore

Costa Concordia could be righted in September

Grosseto, June 25 - The half-sunk Costa Concordia that has been stranded off the coast of Tuscany since striking a rock formation in January 2012 could be righted from its current position this September, Italy's civil protection agency said Tuesday. "We will have a clearer idea of the timing after checks on the submerged section and then know if the boat can leave the (waters around) the island in November or March," Civil Protection Department head Franco Gabrielli said on a visit to the Island of Giglio. The cruise ship hit a rock formation nearly a year and a half ago, claiming 32 lives, after an allegedly rash manoeuvre by captain Francesco Schettino to sail near Giglio Island to "salute" local people. It tilted onto its side and made salvage operations difficult. "The ship's removal is a priority. First its removal, then its destination. My mandate is to remove this ship from Giglio," Gabrielli said.

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