Tugs Start to Pull Wrecked Costa Concordia Away
Cruise ship starts 4-day journey to Genoa, Italy, where it will be turned to scrap
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 23, 2014 11:34 AM CDT
The Costa Concordia cruise wreck is maneuvered into position to be towed away from the tiny Tuscan island of Isola del Giglio, Italy, on July 23, 2014.   (Gregorio Borgia)

(Newser) – The Costa Concordia has begun its final voyage. Tugboats today started towing the wrecked cruise liner away from the tiny Italian island of Giglio, where it capsized after its captain steered too close to the island and struck a reef in January 2012, killing 32 people. After completing the four-day journey to Genoa—the northwestern Italian mainland port and home to the ship's owner, Costa Crociere Spa—the vessel will be reduced to scrap at the port. Once the ship has left, another search will be launched for the body of the one victim who was never found.

Sirens on nearby boats wailed and bells on the island tolled just before two tugboats started pulling the Concordia. "It's a moment for sobriety and sorrowful respect for those who are no more," a government official told Italian news channel Sky TG24. Accompanying the tugs and the Concordia, moving at 2 knots, are several boats to help check for any possible pollution in the waters. The Concordia's Italian captain is on trial for multiple manslaughter, causing the wreck, and abandoning ship before all aboard were evacuated. He claims the reef wasn't on the liner's nautical charts.

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Jul 23, 2014 1:45 PM CDT
My hat is off to these guys. You have just seen some of the smartest engineers and ballsiest salvage operators and divers in the world come together to create history. That this went as smoothly as it did is testament to what mankind can do when we really put our heads together. And you can cal me................Mr Joshua
Jul 23, 2014 12:03 PM CDT
I am still amazed at the incredible luck that captain had. Can you imagine being in charge of an ocean going vessel with hundreds of souls on board, and suddenly, out of nowhere, the ship strikes an underwater rocky outcrop. And then, as if God reached down and personally exalted that man, he is nudged and floats directly into the safety of the bosom of a waiting, random lifeboat. And, we all know that mock trial is the handiwork of Beelzebub. And, say they do crucify that saint, he will walk in three days!