Costa Concordia to Be Removed

    Workers pass on a small boat near the Costa Concordia cruise ship laying aground near the port on January 10, 2013 on the Italian island of Giglio. A year on from the Costa Concordia tragedy in which 32 people lost their lives, the giant cruise ship still lies keeled over on an Italian island and its captain Francesco Schettino has become a global figure of mockery.  AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE        (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Costa Concordia lay among recovery apparatuses. (Filippo Montreforte/AFP/Getty)

    This Sunday marks the first anniversary of the Costa Concordia’s deadly crash off the Tuscan island of Giglio. Ahead of the anniversary, Italy’s Social Defense Department announced Saturday that plans to remove the ship are underway, and slated for sometime between June and September of this year. Since the crash, which led to the death of the 32, the massive cruise ship has remained in its resting place as a ghastly tourist attraction, brining hundreds of sightseers to Giglio. The June-Sept. time frame was chosen because it’s likely to have the best weather conditions for the salvage operation. After over a year, it will no doubt be good for survivors, families, and islanders alike to put the ship to rest.

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