U.K. paper posts video of Concordia underwater

By Tom Stieghorst
An underwater video of the Costa Concordia recently posted vividly shows the interior of the ship as it awaits the operation to refloat it later this month.

Diving footage shows interior stairwells, lounges with sofas and bar stools, shops aboard ship with their metal security grates, and the intact passenger services desk.

The eight minutes of silent footage was posted by the Telegraph, a U.K. newspaper. It was obtained courtesy of the Italian Carabinieri, according to the paper. At the end of the clip, divers surface in the ship's atrium, which is only partly submerged. Sunlight streams through a skylight, illuminating murals on the atrium walls and elevator shafts above.

Crews plan to start floating the ship off its berth on the seabed off Giglio Island as soon as July 14.

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