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Italian cruise captain refused orders to reboard ship

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 21:31 EDT
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The captain of the cruise ship that ran aground and sank off the Italian coast refused to reboard the doomed vessel after he abandoned it, audio recordings revealed.

The Costa Concordia hit rocks and capsized on late Friday, leaving at least 11 dead. Capt. Francesco Schettino allegedly abandoned the ship shortly after while passengers were still seeking safety.

The Coast Guard ordered Schettino back onto the ship to count the number of women and children still on the bow of the vessel. But Schettino pleaded with the Coast Guard not to reboard the ship, giving them a number of excuses.

The captain was arrested as Italian divers continued to comb the half-submerged hull for missing passengers and crew.

Schettino has been charged with manslaughter, abandoning ship and causing a shipwreck.

Watch video, courtesy of the Associated Press, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
 
 
 
 
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