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Costa Concordia to be removed by September

  • The wreck of the Italian Costa Concordia cruise ship is to be removed by September, officials overseeing the work said on Saturday.

    The remains of the vessel have been lying on its side off the island of Giglio, on the coast of Tuscany.

    The ship hit rocks and sank off the Italian coast on January 13 last year, resulting in the loss of more than 30 lives.

    The Costa Concordia’s captain has been accused of causing a shipwreck, manslaughter and abandoning ship before all passengers were evacuated.

    The ship currently lies in a marine reserve and will be lifted upright and towed to the mainland for dismantling so as to not cause environmental damage.