Delayed by three hours because of strong thunderstorms, the unprecedented operation of salvaging the massive Costa Concordia cruise liner began Monday morning off the coast of Italy, near the island of Giglio.
The giant vessel ran aground and tipped over in January 2012, killing 32 of the 4,200 people on board.
Righting the ship could take up to two days, but engineer Sergio Girotto said he’s an optimist, expecting the operation to take about 12 hours.
“I don’t think we will continue into the night,” he said. “After we start pulling, we should see something.”
At midday, the ship had been raised 3 degrees, or a few meters (6 to 10 feet), Girotto said.