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Fatal Costa Concordia rock to turn into memorial

The rock that ripped a hole in the side of the Italian cruise ship, Costa Concordia, ultimately causing its shipwreck, is lifted from the sea and turned into a memorial for the 32 victims of the disaster.

The 80-ton rock was wrenched off a reef on Italian island of Goglio when the cruise liner veered too close to it on January 13, 2012.

"Giglio will never be able to forget the tragedy that struck 32 families who lost their loved ones, and for this reason we want to recover the rock and dedicate it to them," said Giglio's mayor, Sergio Ortelli.

The rock will be removed during the operation to lift the wreck of the cruise from the seabed. The owner of the wreck, the Genoa-based company Costa Cruises, has agreed with the plan.

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