Costa Concordia is refloated off coast

THE wreck of the luxury liner Costa Concordia has been refloated to be towed away for scrap, two-and-a-half years after it capsized off the Italian coast, killing 32 people.

The rusty hulk of the once-gleaming-white 290-yard-long ship, which ran aground on rocks near the Tuscan holiday island of Giglio while carrying out a display manoeuvre, had been resting on a temporary platform since being righted a year ago.

In what has become one of the largest salvage operations in history, air was pumped into 30 large metal boxes, or sponsons, attached around the hull of the 114,500 tonne ship.

Costa Concordia is refloated off coast Herald Scotland