Captain of Costa Concordia claims he tripped and fell into a lifeboat
The 114,500 tonne Costa Concordia loomed out of the night off the coast of Giglio last Friday.
After the ship hit a rock, the available evidence suggests that its captain, Francesco Schettino, refused to acknowledge the seriousness of what had happened, delayed giving the order to abandon ship and then took to a lifeboat himself, long before the chaotic evacuation was complete.
At 1.46am, he was called on his mobile telephone by the local coastguard commander, Gregorio de Falco, who recorded their conversation.
De Falco recorded the conversation and made it available on newspaper websites. De Falco urges, instructs and finally orders Francesco Schettino to do his duty.
|Captain Francesco Schettino|
|Francesco Schettino, captain of the Costa Concordia, is escorted to prison by police officers.|
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