Costa Concordia captain guided by ‘divine hand’
Francesco Schettino, the captain of the Costa Concordia ship which ran aground killing more than 30 people, claims a “divine hand” guided him during the disaster, preventing greater tragedy, reported Travel Mole, a British industry newsletter. In a letter explaining his version of events, published in Italy’s La Corriere della Sera newspaper, he defended his actions after the ship struck rocks and capsized off the coast of Tuscany in January.

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But he is not the right man for the job!

Times of Malta
Welcome Aboard was shot on the Costa Atlantica, which was captained by Francesco Schettino at the time. The Costa Concordia’s captain was exemplary as a consultant for a French comedy film shot before the cruise ship’s disaster in January. Francesco Schettino is one of nine people under investigation for the tragedy which claimed 32 lives out of the 4,229 passengers and crew on board.

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Court rules Costa Concordia captain unfit to run ship
By Reuters Italy’s top appeals court ruled on Wednesday that Francesco Schettino, the captain of the Costa Concordia, was unfit to command the cruise liner which ran aground and capsized off the Tuscan island of Giglio in January, causing at least 30 deaths. In a written explanation of its decision to maintain a house arrest order against Schettino, the Court of Cassation said he had shown “little resilience in performing command functions or in handling responsibility for the safety of persons under his care.”

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Concordia captain must stay under house arrest: Court

New York Daily News
Rome, April 12 (IANS/AKI) An Italian court has rejected a request by the captain of the ill-fated Costa Concordia cruise ship to release him from house arrest. Francesco Schettino captained the ship that struck a rock formation off the Tuscan coast Jan

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Court: Italy cruise ship captain must stay under house arrest

CNN International
The cruise liner Costa Concordia, seen on January 25, hit rocks and sank off the coast of Italy’s Giglio Island. NEW: Capt. Francesco Schettino doesn’t have to be jailed, Italy’s highest court rules Rome (CNN) — Italy’s highest court ruled Tuesday

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Costa captain planning reveal-all book

Sky News Australia
Costa captain planning reveal-all book Updated: 23:08, Wednesday March 21, 2012 Costa ConcordiaCosta Concordia Captain Francesco Schettino is planning a book in which he will tell his version of the events that lead to the wreck of his cruise ship. Schettino, who is under house arrest near Naples, has clinched a deal for the book with a US publisher.

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