Days before the attempt to refloat the sunken Costa Concordia, the Italian police have released a video showing underwater footage of the cruise ship.
The 8-minute, silent video shows the Carabinieri divers examining the underwater wreckage, showing dilapidated sofas, tables and stairs on the once-luxurious vessel. Some parts of the ship, like a reception desk seen at the 4-minute mark in the video, are nearly intact.
Near the end of the video, the diver with the camera emerges into an air pocket inside the ship, showing a well-preserved atrium covered with murals.
Costa Concordia sank after it capsized at Isola del Giglio, Italy, in January 2012. It carried 4,252 people; 32 lives were lost in the disaster.
Five crew members were found guilty of manslaughter in July 2013; a separate trial against the Captain Francesco Schettino, who is charged for manslaughter and causing the loss of the ship, is still ongoing.
The 950-foot ship is scheduled to be raised on July 14, after which it should be floated into deeper water, raised further and finally towed off.
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