It has been a long time coming but it seems the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship where 32 people died in the crash, has finally apologised for the disaster.
Although the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, Francesco Schettino, has apologized over the crash, he has quickly laid blame with other officers on the vessel.
He said in an interview with Italy’s Canale 5 television, he claimed to be distracted when the cruise ship hit a rock off Giglio in January 2012.
The captain is being investigated for causing the crash as well as abandoning the ship quicker than a mouse to cheese. Francesco Schettino shocked the world when it was reported he was one of the first of the ship leaving the 4229 people on board.
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In his defence and basically trying to put the blame on someone else, he said that someone on the bridge should hve spotted the off shore reef.
He did however admit to failing to act decisively enough once it became clear the 144,500 tonne vessel had come too close to the island of Giglio off the Tuscan coast where it ran aground.
According to the captain, he claims at the time of the accident he was on the phone to a retired local captain trying to find out how close the Costa Concordia could sail along the shore.
He said: “I blame myself for being distracted,”
According to the Sun newspaper, he said: “At that moment, I went up to the deck and ordered the ship to be put on manual navigation and I didn’t have command, that’s to say being in charge of sailing the ship, that was the officer.”
The captain defended his decision to delay evacuation of the ship for 45 minutes; he said it would have been stupid to abandon the vessel early as it was moving closer to the shore.
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