WATCH: Time lapse of lifting Costa Concordia cruise ship in Italy
Thanks to speedy video, this is a glimpse at that huge salvage operation off the coast of Italy.
It took crews some 19 hours to complete the first stage of up-righting the Costa Concordia.
Engineers are calling the first phase a “perfect operation.”
Daylight reveals more of the wrecked ship filled with a toxic mix of chemicals and rotten food.
The boat is now covered with muck and scum after being underwater for more than a year and a half.
The 144,000 ton vessel will remain in place for a few months to stabilize.
Then it will be re-floated and towed away to be broken up for scrap.
Thirty-two people were killed when the cruise ship ran into rocks in Jan. 2012.
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