Salvage workers breathe a sigh of relief as the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner arrives in Genoa after a challenging four-day journey. Vanessa Johnston reports.
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Salvage workers breathe a sigh of relief as the wrecked cruise liner -- the Costa Concordia -- safely reaches her final destination Sunday.
The salvage mastermind, Nick Sloane, is met by his wife and daughter at the Genoa scrap yard in Italy.
The South African proudly poses with his national flag.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) SALVAGE MASTER NICK SLOANE SAYING:
"Yeah, the guys have done a fantastic job and she is safe, she is safely along the side and I think everyone is really relieved. Ok. (JOURNALIST ASKING: "HOW DO YOU FEEL?") "Good. Waiting for a cigar."
The four day journey began at the Tuscan island of Giglio, where the ship sank on January 13, 2012.
It concludes one of the largest and most complex maritime salvages ever attempted.
Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was on hand to praise its success.
(SOUNDBITE) (Italian) ITALIAN PRIME MINISTER, MATTEO RENZI, SAYING:
"We need to thank those who worked over two years on something that previously seemed impossible, a project that many people did not believe in, including some of us."
The Costa Concordia will now be dismantled -- an operation which is expected to cost 1.5 billion euros and take up to two years.
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