The wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise liner nears the end of its final journey to a port near Genoa to be scrapped. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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The rusty hulk of the Costa Concordia was nearing the end of its final journey on Sunday (27 July) as it headed to a port near Genoa before being broken up for scrap.
The cruise liner began its journey to the scrapyard on Wednesday, after a two-year salvage operation off the Italian island where the cruise liner capsized two years ago, killing 32 people.
Boats sounded horns and church bells rang as a tug boat slowly pulled the wreck of the liner, which was around two-and-a half times the size of the Titanic, away from the holiday island of Giglio, accompanied by a convoy of 14 vessels.
Salvage workers gathered in bars at the port, drinking beer and smoking huge cigars, to celebrate after completing one of the largest maritime salvage operations in history.
The 114,500-tonne wreck was once a gleaming white luxury liner until it sank off Giglio in January 2012 after sailing too close to shore.
Despite intermittent bad weather over the past week, the salvage crews have slowly lifted the Concordia from underwater platforms by pumping air into 30 large metal boxes, or sponsons, attached to the hull.
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