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Sunday 26 October 2014

Concordia completes final voyage

The wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship is towed by tugboats towards Genoa's harbour, Italy (AP)

The shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner has completed its final journey.

Pulled by tugboats and nudged by brisk winds, the wreck was eased into Genoa's port - where it will be scrapped.

The luxury liner struck a reef near Giglio, off the coast Tuscany, on January 13, 2012, and capsized, killing 32 people.

A spectacular operation set the wreck upright in September 2013. On Wednesday, tugboats began the five-day journey to Genoa, headquarters of ship owner Costa Crociere Spa.

The wreck will be searched in hopes of finding the remains of an Indian waiter, the only body never found.

The Concordia's Italian captain is on trial for multiple manslaughter, causing the wreck, and abandoning ship before all aboard were evacuated.

Francesco Schettino, the sole defendant in the trial in Tuscany, claimed the reef was not on the liner's nautical charts.

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