The Costa The lifeboats were moored inside the harbor pier before dawn. The grounded ship sank in background.

The Costa Concordia rests on its side on the morning of January 14, 2012.

On the night of January 13, 2012, the 114,500 ton Costa Concordia ran aground at Isola del Giglio, Italy, killing 32 people and eventually coming to rest alongside a reef just outside the sleepy island’s only port. The event kicked off a flurry of regulatory changes in the cruise ship industry, not to mention what would become the largest and most expensive maritime salvage in history.

A team consisting of Titan Salvage, a subsidiary of U.S.-based Crowley Maritime Corp., and the Italian firm Micoperi won the tender for the ship’s removal. The plan was to raise the vessel in one piece using an age-old technique known as “parbuckling,” which basically means using leverage to rotate a ship or large opbject to an upright position, before towing it away from the island. Use of the technique has been done before, perhaps most notably to right U.S. Navy ships following the attack on Pearl Harbor, only never on this scale.

Over the last year a team of about 500 salvage workers and engineers has worked around the clock to make sure the parbuckling, easily the most crucial part of salvage, went off without a hitch. There was no plan B, so it had to work… and it did.

Update: Costa Concordia Arrives Safely in Genoa, Completing Historic Salvage Operation

Here is a collection of pictures from the operation to upright, or parbuckle, the Costa Concordia:

The Costa Concordia wreck site as seen from the air. This photo was taken August 26, 2013 as final preparations for the parbuckling were being made.

Words by gCaptain. Photo (c) REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Words by gCaptain. Photo (c) REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Nick Sloane, the South African Salvage Master who has led the operation for the Titan-Micoperi consortium, stands in front of the shipwreck in the days leading up to the parbuckling. Little did he know then that the successful parbuckling would earn him rockstar status. Ok maybe he knew.

The head of the parbuckling project Nick Sloane poses as Costa Concordia lies on its side next to Giglio Island

REUTERS/Tony Gentile

The parbuckling operation was expected to start at 6 a.m. CEST (local Giglio time) on September 16, 2013 and last 10 to 12 hours, however, overnight thunderstorms prevented salvage crews from making final preparations.

REUTERS/Tony Gentile

REUTERS/Tony Gentile

The parbuckling would eventually begin at 9 a.m., three hours behind schedule. Live coverage of the entire event was streamed into the homes of millions by nearly every major news outlet.

REUTERS/Tony Gentile

REUTERS/Tony Gentile

On Monday morning, Giglio awoke to a beautiful sunrise. All the more reason to get the ship out of there.

REUTERS/Tony Gentile

REUTERS/Tony Gentile

The parbuckling itself was a slow process. It was hard to tell with the naked eye if anything at all was happening if it wasn’t for the ever-growing, perfectly straight line of brown scum from the parts of the ship that have been submerged for the last 20 months.

REUTERS/Tony Gentile

REUTERS/Tony Gentile

The picture below gives a good view of the strand jacks, which were connected to the underwater platforms and sponsons and used to pull the ship upright.

Salvage crew workers are seen in front of  the capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia after the start of the "parbuckling" operation outside Giglio harbour

REUTERS/Tony Gentile

The brown scum grew, proof positive that the parbuckling was working, albeit slowly.

REUTERS/Tony Gentile

REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Not only was the parbuckling viewed online, but thousands hugged the shores of the island to watch the historic salvage.

REUTERS/Tony Gentile

REUTERS/Tony Gentile

As the ship was raised, salvage crews worked on the parts of the ship previously hidden beneath the waves to clear any obstructions that may get in the way. (Actually in the photo below, crews are seen removing mysterious grafitti from the deck. Italian “Meow Man” maybe? Who knows…)

Salvage crew work on part of the capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia, outside Giglio harbour

REUTERS/Tony Gentile

About midway through the first phase of the operation, officials gave an update that the ship had been rotated 10 degrees from its starting position and was now entirely off the reef for the first time in nearly two years. A sigh of relief for sure, as it was unclear just how firmly the ship was wedged into the rock prior to the lift.

The first phase was the pulling of the ship upright. The second phase involved lowering the ship by ballasting the sponsons, or caissons, attached to the ship’s port side, gently lowering her onto underwater platforms.

REUTERS/Tony Gentile

REUTERS/Tony Gentile

The parbuckling was held up for one hour as crews performed maintenance on the strand jacks, adjusting tension to the lines. It was at this point that officials said the operation would take longer than expected, continuing through the night and into the wee hours of Tuesday morning (September 17, 2013).

REUTERS/Tony Gentile

REUTERS/Tony Gentile

As dusk fell, the ship kept moving upright, slowly.

REUTERS/Tony Gentile

REUTERS/Tony Gentile

After 25 degrees of rotation, the parbuckling entered the second phase. It was now time for gravity to take over. Crews carefully adjusted the water levels in the steel sponsons to gently lower the ship to an upright position. The movement of the ship would pick up at this point.

REUTERS/Tony Gentile

REUTERS/Tony Gentile

At about 4 a.m. CEST Tuesday, officials announced the successful completion of the parbuckling after 19 hours of work.

REUTERS/Tony Gentile

REUTERS/Tony Gentile

The first photos of the ship’s submerged side were shocking. The amount of damage was almost unexpected, at least to the public. Then again, the ship has spent the last 20 months being crushed under its own weight.

The capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia is seen at the end of the "parbuckling" operation outside Giglio harbour

REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Nick Sloane, who had been calling the shots from an offshore command post, returned to Giglio to a heros welcome, and mobbed by press. Congratulations, Nick! Someone get that guy a beer!!

REUTERS/Tony Gentile

REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Once the sun came up, the amount of damage to the ship’s submerged side really came to light.

The capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia is seen at the end of the "parbuckling" operation outside Giglio harbour

REUTERS/Tony Gentile

A side view of the ship showed where it was resting on two rock outcrops. Now you can see why getting the ship off the rocks was so crucial.

REUTERS/Tony Gentile

REUTERS/Tony Gentile

SEE ALSO: Costa Concordia Parbuckling Time Lapse Video

REUTERS/Tony Gentile

REUTERS/Tony Gentile

REUTERS/Tony Gentile

REUTERS/Tony Gentile

The damaged side of the capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia is seen at the end of the "parbuckling" operation outside Giglio harbour

REUTERS/Tony Gentile

With the parbuckling completed, crews will now install similar sponsons to the ships previously submerged starboard side. Within a month the Costa Concordia is expected to be floating once again.

REUTERS/Tony Gentile

REUTERS/Tony Gentile

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UPDATE: In July 2014, the Costa Concordia was successfully refloated and towed to the port of Genoa where it will be scrapped.


Costa concordia underway, courtesy Italian Department of Civil Defense

Costa concordia underway, courtesy Italian Department of Civil Defense

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    • Hilda

      Gracias, Richard! Muy interesante, Chiqui

    • Nick Kiryakidis

      I am terribly sorry and at the same time angry about those 32 lives that has been lost because of careless human error occurred with 114.500tons pleasure ship COSTA CONCORDIA at Isola Del Giglio in Italy.I would like also to take the opportunity as a president of a Canadian established company in Montreal, Costecnick Engineering Company,to congratulate the courageous teams the Titan Salvage ,subsidiary of U.S based Crowley Maritime corp,and the Italian firm Micopeli. Congratulations also to the extraordinary engineers and employees because one machine can do the work of many ordinary man but no machine can do the work of one extraordinary man, leadership isn’t a skill it is a talent.
      Mr.Nick Sloane on behalf of all Costecnick Engineering Company we would like you to accept our CONGRATULATIONS,job well done.
      Also congratulations to Mr. Tony Gentile who did an incredible job as a photographer the all work assembly (montage)we can expressed with two words:JOB of ARTS.


      President and CEO
      Nick C.Kiryakidis


      Actually…I feel for you’re such a loser.

      • Jeremy Irons

        If there is a loser here that’s certainly you Hugh… Piss off you stupid bitch!

      • Roger Tuttlebee

        Hugh Janus is right. What a giant arsehole you are! Get a life, whoever you are!!

      • Will Dochertaigh

        I don’t know what set off the burst of belligerence from Hugh (known by the ladies as lil’ Dick)and Roger TurtleButt but seriously, try to at least rent a personality, the change will work wonders!

    • Steve

      Calm down everyone… he is just a troll trying to start a war of words…. and his name is pretty self explanitory anyway Hugh Janus – huge anus… get it? ok… leave the troll under the bridge where he belongs… and have a good day

      • http://yahoo Peter

        You got a dammn Good sence of humor
        I love it.

        • Adam Bahm

          Hugh Janus. LMAO

  • Lorrie Schack

    Terribly sad to see a once beautiful ship in such shape.

    • Bren

      I agree, Lorrie. And just a few short moments before, she was being enjoyed by so many people. Sad.

  • Alberto Cafferata

    It must be very sad for those who worked on once such a beautiful ship, an what a terrible feeling of guilt may invade its former captain :(

    • Jenika

      The captain feels no guilt. He was and is full of himself – trying to “show off” to some females on shore then jumping ship. I hope he goes to prison and is in debt the rest of his life paying off fines. The male ego gone astray – like some of these “commenters.”

  • Kevin Brent

    Can’t wait to see whatever lengthy documentary is produced after all of the work is done. Thanks for posting these great pictures!

  • Marcos Augusto de Almeida

    Although we can not forget the lives lost, it´s a remarkable engineeting milestone.
    Congratulations to all who took part in this hard work.
    Bravo Zulu!Thanks for sharing the pictures.

  • Sky Clipper

    Can we please drop the word “sludge” and call it “scum” – Thanks! :-)

    • Mike Schuler

      You know I debated that and asked about 10 people. The most common answer I got -“Marine growth”- didn’t have the same ring to it. We have been forced to pick our battles wisely the last few days.

    • martin van vuuren

      not a bells a kit kat as written on the deck.
      have a break have a kit kat

  • Dan Scott

    Well done to each and everyone involved in this great job.Great pictures. Proud of the South African guy in charge of the operation and also the South African company X-TREME PROJECTS from Port Elizabeth who was responsible for the red booms around the ship to prevent oil or fuel spillage.

  • kobs

    Like i used to say, if someone under estimate ” TOUBAB ” Its just because he don’t know

  • Mimi

    Congratulations and good job to all who worked on this project! Wonderful and exciting to watch this historic endeavor. Thank you for protecting the environment during this parbuckling. Thank you, Mr. Sloan and all.

  • Francisco

    Congratulations!! Wonderfull operation

  • Sandy coots

    Outstanding engineering feat !
    Hats off to all involved .

  • James Conner

    What the parbuckling revealed kinda makes a fella want to parboil the captain who put the Costa on the rocks.

    • http://none research Odigo

      My comment, is that the infinitesimally tiny lighthouse is not where it should be.
      It should be right where the ship got stuck, and three times as big.
      You can block off the light that would other wise blind everyone, toward the town.
      The ship was heading for one small dock, also.

  • Eduardo De la Cruz

    So sad to see that knight, in that pretty Bad condition, once elegant and beautyfull over the sea… I can Belive that my wife and I. Had the 2112 cabin. Few years ago..amazing, adorable, increíble..and we are not Able to be there anymore…. Sad sad sad…. Réquiem for a big and Great ship. :( .

  • http://NAVEGANDOCONWALREY walter reynoso

    Excelente labor profesional del fotografo y los especialistas en rescates submarinos.FELICITACIONES!!! Una demostracion mas que el exito se alcanza cuando hay un alto profesionalismo en los hombres del proyecto.

  • Downeast

    What happens to all the personal items in each cabin safes.

    • coloradobear

      The last report stated that all personal items from the cabins and safes would be returned to their rightful owners.

  •,ar horacio intelisano

    Nunca se ha visto una labor de tan grande envergadura,el hombre es grandioso. En minutos destruyeron tan majestuosa nave que tanto trabajo costo, y en pocas horas lograron reflotarlo, aplausos a los señores tecnicos.
    En mi caso soy oficial de marina mercante argentina, egresado de la grandiosa Escuela Nacional de Nàutica Manuel Belgrano.
    Es muy triste `para un marino ver estas catastrofes por la imprudencia y negligencia de algunos tripulantes.

  •,ar horacio intelisano


    • coloradobear

      Exactamente! This captain deserted his ship, according to all reports, and refused to reboard her when instructed to do so. This kind of cowardism needs much more than a casual reprimand. People lost their lives because of his neglect and that of his bridge crew and then he didn’t have the guts to stay on board and try to assist those HE placed in peril.

  • http://Google Martin Burford

    It just shows that anything can be possible.
    Just wish New Zealand had had the resources to do the same with our inter island ferry in the late 1960’s which hit rocks entering the Wellington harbour in a storm and lay in the same position as this. So close to land yet 62 persons were lost.

    • Phil Jones

      It was April 1968 when the Inter Island Ferry went down with so many lives lost.
      My wife and I where going to sail on it on 21st April 1968 after we got married to return to Auckland
      Good to see them do such a great job bringing the Ship upright
      hopefully they will find the missing 2 people

  • ObserverinMonmouth

    Congratulations to all involved in this amazing feat and condolences to all those affected by the appauling loss of life. Unlike a natural disaster this should never have happened.

    I understand the desire to remove the ship and return the area to its original state as quickly as possibl but does anyone have any idea of the economics involved in what must be an incredibly expensive removal operation? The scrap value of the ship certainly cant have paid for it so presumably there is a major insurance company and underwriters footing this bill which must be in the 100’s of millions in an currency? I am excluding the claims for deaths and injuries and returning the location to its original state.

  • Luis Cartaya

    What a geat job of salvage!! It makes me very proud to see that one of the salvage companies was American! We still can do some things right!

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  • Bev. Pach

    Fantastic photography. However a sad situation.


    • Dr. Ruth

      Considering the loss of life involved, this comment is nut amusing!

  • Smitty77

    Well – I’m a sailor and I know enough to not sail too close to land and especially rocks. What a dummy to allow such a huge cargo of people and an expensive ship to be destroyed over ego!
    I’m sure he will have time to wish he had a chance to change his mind!



  • Andy Bain

    Well done Nick. When I heard you were involved, I knew there was going to be a positive outcome. At least you didn’t need to blow this one up with explosives.


    Andy Bain

  • Andy Bain

    It might have been an American salvage company, but under the direction of a South African Salvage Master / SCR.

    • coloradobear

      Tony, You certainly realize that life without parole means that someone has to pay for all of his food, clothing, quarters, dental and medical needs for the rest of his life. don’t you? Why would you want to give this coward all of this after what he has done? People died. In my mind’s eyes, he killed all of them. He should face the death penalty.

      On another note, I extend a well earned congratulations to all on the salvage team for their tireless effort in removing this symbol of neglect and irresponsibility from this beautiful shoreline. It is fitting that it be scrapped as soon as possible.

      • Bill Wood

        Righto. We don’t need that sort of person here. He should be banished from Planet Earth.


  • Derrick. Alvares.

    A fantastic job,mind boggling!Sad for unnecessary loss of lives.I am a merchant seafarer my self since 1973 passed through the same
    area numerous times,never ever so close to land and that too such a big ship,folly and Ego of the Captain,he must be wishing he never got into this profession.Any way no escape for him we cant get back the lives lost,may their souls rest in peace.

  • David Cartwright

    A very special congrats to the skipper of the salvage operation – WELL DONE NICK SLOANE – you’re a true Banana Boy from good ol’ KZN!!

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  • Frb

    It sank because of a narcissistic Italian captain and because it was whopsided.

  • Iggy Rangel

    Wow….What a job. I’m a wreck diver and don’t mind seeing this big monster staying away from the bottom. Thank You.

  • Frank Mina

    The human mind is capable of outstanding accomplishments, but we still haven’t figured out how to prevent wars.

  • Jim Primeau

    And we still wonder how the Egyptians built the great pyramids!
    Amazing what few tow lines and ballast can accomplish.

  • Dan D’Alessio

    The State of Rhode Island in the U.S.A. was no stranger to shipwrecks throughout our history (1636)but certainly not cruise ships and the reason for the crash, sleeping on the job.

  • Dan D’Alessio

    The State of Rhode Island ( in the USA) are no strangers to shipwrecks. However, not cruise ships. Most of the wrecks were because of bad weather not because a captain or his crew were sleeping or on their cell phones. Sometimes new technology is not progress when those devices become a distraction.
    Hopefully, this captain will remain in prison for the rest of his life and the people on board receive the highest settlement in Italian history.

  • Martin H. Gingold

    I keep thinking of the Italian Captain and how so much responsibility is put into irresponsible hands. He deserves a lot of years in prison to think about it.



    • Liliane Heydt

      That’s an inappropriate comment about a tragedy.
      You have to be a very hateful person to think about
      President Obama. It’s irrelevant and mean spirited.
      The salvage of this wreck is an amazing human feat.
      It should be admired not an opportunity for giving
      some cheap political shots. Obama is also to be
      respected even if you don’t care for him or his policy.

      • PWe72

        Respect must be earned and that he has not done.

      • Bill Wood

        Your political comment was too long.

    • Tony Ruiz

      Nothing to save.

  • Ian Temlett

    Well done to all involved, it is a pleasure and an honour to kow Nick and to have worked with him on many salvage jobs
    Ian Temlett



  • Ettore

    Excellent and moving reportage! I cannot help wonder how watching the whole salvage operation resonated in the mind and heart of the disgraced skipper who brought this splendid lady to its demise.



  • MichaelKirk

    News on the typical 30-year-old who will pay 260% higher healthcare premiums had me thinking how right it is for these morons to get just what they voted for: higher taxes through Obamacare. Have no pity on those young, low-info voters who were stupid enough to believe His lies, yet still vote for that Kenyan who is making everyone from 20 to 40 pay twice as much in taxes as the previous generations who built America (note to all you unemployed imbeciles: the government didn’t build America; the people built America). Glued to their senseless social media, today’s 20 to 40 year-old voter embraces tweets from Lady Gaga John Stewart for their civics studies, only to find out that now they will pay more taxes and have less spendable income because they believed The Big Lie, which is Husain Obama. These idiots voted for a pot-smoking communist who never had a real job in His life, so have no sympathy for the 20 to 40 year-old Obama voters. Do not hire them or keep them employed; instead, hire American veterans and let the 20 to 40 year-old Obama voters live in tax poverty, because that’s what they voted to have, and they should pay with it for the rest of their lives. If you voted for Obama, you must be very proud that you were part of the movement that put a great Nation into a perilous economic disaster, because you are too stupid to know the truth from deceit. Shut up, pay up and stop whining; He was your choice.

    • Liliane Heydt

      You are a very angry man! What brought this on?
      Are you unemployed or can’t get a job? Blame the outsourcing.
      Cool your heels and let this world and beautiful country evolve like all developed nations have done. Health care for all is a must and a matter of time, so let’s have it now.
      We are not a third World nation and I hope the tea party does
      not bring us there.
      Where does that you come from anyway?

      • Keith

        Lili savor the kool aid.
        We are a banana republic now!

    • Dolly Dale

      Michael Kirk is a “copycat” :)I say the exact words about the Muslim in Charge and about the pathetic, uninformed, liberal to the death of their country, whining and despicable disciples that bow to him. Respect?? One must EARN respect. He HAS earned the respect of every enemy of our great country. Dr. Death Obama fiddles while he destroys everything we have always stood for and built for over 200 years and hundreds of thousands of brave Americans have sacrificed their young lives for. His equally despicable and classless wife once said(and it’s on film)while watching a flag folding ceremony, “all that for a damn flag?” She’s ashamed to be an American but not ashamed to spend OUR millions of hard earned taxpayer money on extraordinarily lavish vacations for her and even her mother. They laugh at us and well they should with what they get away with. THE PEACE PRIZE??? I have no interest nor do I now give credibility to that prize or any prize connected to the Nobel Foundation. Nick Sloan and his crew deserve some coveted award for their accomplishment. Their profound dedication to the task at hand is an example of how our government should be operating. Sad for the great ship and more sad for our great country…both being cast upon the rocks.

      • Tom Rackham

        What happened? I thought we were commenting on a cruise ship that came to close to the rocks and tipped over or something. I don’t know. Maybe it was about tipping it upright again. Did the politicians tip it over? Oh my gosh! I bet it was Tippecanoe and parbuckling too. But what about Tyler? Was he involved? It looked bigger than a canoe! What’s going on?

  • Torquemada

    Parbuckling has been around for many a weary year. I recall the Americans lifted a battleship at Pearl Harbor sometime after Dec 7 1941.
    A more common use of parbuckling in practice has been used by those delivering and removing large barrels from cellars, rolling logs and the like. Sometimes used to roll dead bodies into small craft at sea

    Alas for the folk who never left the ship and presumably underwater the sea lice alone will have devoured them by now.

    Indeed a sad end to good looking vessel

  • http://none fernand lacourse

    Great job. fern

  • “Wild Bill” Latvala

    I wouldn’t5 have belieed it for a moment without seeing it with my own two eyes! I have often wondered how they could do such a thing, and now I know. We’re pretty resorceful people when need be…

  • Fr Bernie Sheffield

    The beauty is what teamwork and faith can acomplish.

  • Philip Lalka

    Is there a website out there that ranks enginering feats in our world?

    It is very likely that most people will just call the Costa Concordia Captain “Shet” for short from now on!

  • James Kapoudaglis

    That was an amazing feat by Nick Sloane and his excellent team, and an absolutely awesome result. Congratulation

  • Ruth Sykes

    I wish we could solve the worlds problems, especially in Africa, with the wonders of how this achievment was accomplished, I take my hat off
    to all the dedicated wonderful people involved, it always takes some brillance to sort people who act so stupidly when filled with their own ego.

  • Steve Foroe

    What a nice Job…. truly Amazing work was done here, Now if we can only come up with a way to keep them off the Rocks.





  •; Eben de Vos

    I’m proud to say that Tony Gentile is from our beloved South Africa- the company Xtreme Projects is also from my home town, Port Elizabeth – CONGRATULATIONS BOYS !!!!!!!!!! Get a life Tomas Dryden !Wake up before you “dry”out !!!!!!!!!!

  • Tami

    Just curious about everything still on board that belonged to all the passengers. Will there be any recovery of items still inside? Not that those things are important just wondering what will happen to all of them?

  • P.C. Topness

    Congratulations to Nick Sloane and his team for a job well done. As an Engineer I could imagine all the things that could have gone wrong in this operation, well done.

    • Benu Kumar Bose

      I am amazed to see the wonderful effort by a group of dedicated engineers, staff and photographer to make this impossible to possible.One must remember that such mistakes by the navigators of ships should be avoided at all cost. The sailors and navigators must not be allowed to drink on board.

  • Paul

    Well my friends , you see the vanity of human kind , Skipper who should be watching , was only watching his bit off the skirt. and boozing . he should be punished to the full. I do pray for the families who lost their love one’s. No one and No one can feel their pain ,May God comfort you in time of sadness.pray GOD that this does not happen again, But it will as Man never learn
    Do be polite and aware of others view.

  • boomer

    The drunk captain has been prosecuted?

  • Phyllis

    What a wonderful engineering feat. Kudos to ALL involved for a job that seemed impossible.
    Why try to cheapen the efforts & the event by starting a political drams

  • Peter Schauer

    It may be the most splendid ship but all it takes is human failure to demonstrate that it takes but seconds to sink it.

  • Henry Ciocci

    God blesshe those tho tackled the job and beat the odds

  • John w.

    It all could have been avoided, all of it.

  • Dani

    What does your comment have to do with the raising of this ship?! Just asking.

  • Graham Smith

    What a shame that a small minority (and I mean in numbers and stature) manage to try to make politcal comments over this tragic but oustanding feat.
    Have respect for those that lost their lives, for those that survive them, for the planning,engineering ability and leadership of a great team.
    As for the captain and bridge crew………………..words fail me.


  • Rick Fernandez

    Congratulations to Nick and the entire crew. The amount of hours and work that they endured must have been unreal .All this work, suffering, and expense due to the someone that wanted to impress some women (s), and a professional bridge crew that allowed this to happen is beyond understanding. Not only were there lives lost, but the terrifying experience the rest of the passengers experienced was beyond comprehension. with proper leadership from the crew, as many of them followed the captain and abandoned ship, there must have been nothing less that sheer panic attempting to get off the ship. Thank GOD that an incident like this did not happen while out at sea. Congratulations to those passengers that remained calm and followed available directions. Many thanks to those of the crew that remained on board and assisted with the evacuation.

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