When the captain of a Costa Concordia cruiseliner attempted to ‘show off’ for a friend along the shore, his vessel ran aground. He then abandoned the 4,200 passengers and has since been taken into custody for manslaughter. At least six people have been found dead, two dozen are still missing, and dozens more have been injured since the crash on Saturday.
The chairman of Costa Cruises, Pier Luigi Foschi, has quickly apologized for the incident, admitting that much is still under investigation. The captain, Franscesco Schettino, was attempting to salute a colleague nearby and went off his route ever so slightly, causing the bottom of the ship to gain unexpected damage. A transcript of the conversation on board appears to have included these words spoken to Captain Schettino:
“What are you doing? Are you abandoning the rescue? Captain, this is an order, I am the one in charge now. You have declared abandoning ship, There are already bodies.”
Those close to the situation have claimed that there was a mutiny on board the vessel, causing incredible confusion at a time when evacuations could have been more effectively executed. Before any clear and precise decision had been made, the 114,000 ton ship was already on its side and many passengers were either drowning or becoming trapped by the walls and the water.
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