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Moment of closure for Concordia survivors

Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 01:26

Shipwreck survivors visit Giglio to bid the luxury liner goodbye before for her last voyage to a scrap yard in the Italian port of Genoa. Gavino Garay reports.

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Deck five of the Costa Concordia cruise ship is refloated -- and it won't be long before deck four of the shipwreck emerges as well. Workers are making final preparations to refloat this once-gleaming ship -- now a pile of scrap. A German couple returned to the Island of Giglio, where Captain Schettino ran the Concordia aground, killing 32 people. Moments of closure as they bid the ship farewell. (SOUNDBITE) (German) COSTA CONCORDIA SHIPWRECK SURVIVOR, ILSE MARI KISCHLAT, SAYING: "I am here to say good-bye to the Costa Concordia, on which our second lives started." (SOUNDBITE) (German) COSTA CONCORDIA SHIPWRECK SURVIVOR, HELMUT BUTTKUS, SAYING: "The most critical moment for me was when we boarded the lifeboat and it went down along the side of the Concordia which was already tilted. It went down by two or three metres until the ropes reached their limit. They were not long enough, so they had to be disconnected and everything fell down sharply. I was watching the side of the ship sliding quickly and thinking that if the raft overturns it's all over for us, we will not survive." Court inspectors gathered footage of the bridge, which has been underwater since the luxury liner sank two and half years ago. It offers a glimpse of the extent of the damage. The ship is expected to leave the Tuscan waters on July 21st. Captain Schettino is on trail for manslaughter for abandoning ship -- charges he's fighting.

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Moment of closure for Concordia survivors

Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 01:26