Costa Concordia Captain Francesco Schettino facing criminal trial

It took a long while to determine but at last there has been a decision on whether to send Costa Concordia Captain Francesco Schettino to trial. A judge in Grosetto, Italy ruled this week that prosecutors can go ahead with the charges. Schettino was the captain of the ship on the Jan. 13, 2012 when it hit a reef and ran aground some 300 metres from the Italian island of Giglio in the Tuscan Bay. There were more than 4,200 passengers and crew onboard the 114,500 tonnes ship, of which 32 died when the ship listed over. Sixty-five percent of the cruise liner is underwater still.

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Italian investigators detail Concordia ‘chaos and confusion’

The severity of the Costa Concordia shipwreck was chiefly due to the “unconventional behavior” of its captain and weak emergency management, an Italian safety agency has concluded. The findings of the Italian Marine Casualties Investigative Body are part of a definitive 176-page report on the 2012 accident. While it did not absolve Costa Cruises’ shoreside oversight, the report said Capt. Francesco Schettino lied about the extent of damages to authorities. It further said that his delays in declaring an emergency and in deciding to abandon ship had fatal consequences…

Italian investigators detail Concordia ‘chaos and confusion’ Travel Weekly
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