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Crews begin to upright Costa Concordia

Updated: Monday, September 16 2013, 07:41 AM CDT
Written by: CBS News Staff.

GIGLIO ISLAND, ITALY A complex system of pulleys and counterweights on Monday began pulling the Costa Concordia cruise ship upright from its side on a Tuscan reef at Giglio Island, where it capsized 20 months ago -- an anxiously-awaited operation of a kind that has never been attempted on such a huge liner.

Engineers told reporters they'd succeeded in detaching the 952-foot-long vessel from the reef on which it was resting, and the operation was continuing. No bodies had been spotted, they said.

Engineer Sergio Girotto said it began at about 9 a.m., three hours late.

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