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Italian agency gives final OK to right Concordia after checking weather conditions

Authorities have given the final go-ahead for a daring attempt Monday to pull upright the crippled Costa Concordia cruise liner from the waters off Tuscany where it capsized 20 months ago.

Italy's national Civil Protection agency waited until sea and weather conditions were forecast for dawn Monday before giving the OK. In a statement Sunday, the Civil Protection agency said conditions indicated it was all right to undertake the operation.

The Concordia struck a reef near Giglio Island the night of Jan. 13, 2012, took on water and capsized just outside the harbor. Thirty-two of the 4,200 passengers and crew perished.

Never before have engineers tried to right such a huge ship so close to land. If the operation succeeds, the Concordia will be towed and broken up for scrap.