The Costa Concordia is currently in the process of being raised from the coast of Giglio Island in Italy. The “parbuckling” operation began around 8 am Rome time after a two hour delay due to a storm earlier in the night.
The latest report, issued at 4:20 pm Rome time, reports that the ship has been raised a total of 10 degrees from the water and that the ship’s hull has been dislodged from the reef under the ship. At this time, the two remaining bodies have not been recovered. No spillage from the ship has been reported.
Crews are currently about 50% of the way through the first phase of the “parbuckling” operation. The ship will soon be 20 degrees out of the water, where crews will then allow the flotation tanks and gravity to gently bring the Costa Concordia to a rest on the platform below the ship. The operation is expected to be completed in a few hours. Officials from the operation have been notified of an approaching storm, which they have claimed shouldn’t impact the overall operation.
A live video feed of the operation can be viewed by clicking HERE.