Salvage crews in Italy could start as early as next week on a daunting operation to set the wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise liner upright. More than 30 people died when the massive ship ran aground on Jan. 13, 2012, near Italy's Giglio Island.
AFP notes that the salvage is the biggest attempt for a passenger ship ever launched and must occur before the end of September because the risk of bad weather will increase as the year's end nears.
This impressive photo gives one last glimpse of the wreck in the waters near Giglio.
An aerial view shows the Costa Concordia as it lies on its side next to Giglio Island taken from an Italian navy helicopter August 26, 2013. (Credit: Alessandro Bianchi / Reuters)