Monday, workers began the attempt to right the Costa Concordia that was shipwrecked in January of this year; the Costa Concordia did not move during the first three hours of the attempt. The Costa Concordia is currently resting close to Giglio Island; 32 people died during the shipwreck and two bodies have yet to be recovered.
Initially engineers said that the attempt to right the ship was scheduled to take approximately 12 hours. But now officials are saying it may take a few days. After seven hours of work on Monday, the ship had moved by 10 degrees and the goal is 65 degrees. The photo to the left shows the difference in the movement.
Engineers said that they were able to free it from the reef, but righting it will take additional time, according to CBS News. The Costa Concordia is two and a half times the size of the Titantic and it has been called the largest ship that has ever capsized.
The engineers started working at 9 a.m. local time and engineer Sergio Girotto said it didn’t move an inch during the first three hours. 6,000 tons of force was used to move the ship and it finally began to move. The engineers used “a complex system of pulleys and counterweights” and then "we saw the detachment" Girotto said. Underwater cameras are recording the event.
After seven hours of work, Girotto said:
"It's taking longer than expected. Even if it's 15 to 18 hours, we're OK with that. We are happy with the way things are going."
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Sources: CBS News and CNN