Captain unaware of severity of Costa Concordia crisis, witness says

An Italian Coast Guard commander testified Monday he thought the captain of the doomed cruise ship Costa Concordia was unaware of the severity of the crisis. Cmdr. Gregorio De Falco said, at the criminal trial of Capt. Francesco Schettino in Grosseto, Italy, he tried without success to persuade Schettino to return to his duties and help passengers leave the sinking cruise ship. Schettino is on trial for multiple counts of manslaughter in the January 2012 shipwreck of the 951-foot, $618 million cruise ship off the coast of Tuscany that killed 32 people. Thousands more of the 4,200 passengers aboard were plunged into the water when the ship ran aground near the coastal town of Giglio and began to sink.

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Hundreds of people were still aboard the Costa Concordia when the commander fled in a lifeboat, an Italian Coast Guard official testified Monday, adding that rescuers received first word of the seriousness of the shipwreck only after a passenger used a cell phone to call family. Coast Guard Capt. Gregorio De Falco became a national hero after repeatedly ordering Francesco Schettino, the commander on trial in Grosseto, Tuscany, to return to the badly listing vessel. Schettino is charged with manslaughter, abandoning ship and of causing the 2012 shipwreck by sailing too close to the Tuscan island of Giglio. The Concordia smashed into a reef, which gashed the hull, sending sea water pouring in. Thirty-two people died. De Falco told the court that the Concordia sent out its first distress signal 53 minutes after the Jan. 13 collision. Until then, he said, the ship’s officers kept “giving us reassurances about the situation on board,” insisting that the Concordia had only suffered a power blackout.

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Costa Concordia passengers allegedly ordered back to cabins

Crying repeatedly, the assistant to the cruise director on the doomed Costa Concordia liner testified Monday she was ordered to tell panicking passengers to go back to their cabins.

Jacqueline Elisabeth Abad Quine, a Peruvian, recounted events right after the ship hit rocks off the Tuscan island of Giglio on January 13th, 2012. Thirty-two passengers of the more than 4,000 on board the Costa Concordia were killed. Quine said she was ordered to tell passengers there had been a blackout and that everything was under control, but the passengers told her they were nervous and wanted to board the lifeboats.

“Passengers screamed and pushed because they wanted to leave the ship but we did not have orders to allow them to get into the lifeboats”, she said.

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‘Everything is under control’: Costa Concordia crew member reveals how she was ordered to tell passengers to return to their cabins moments before the ship sank

  • Jacqueline Abad Quine broke down during trial of Francesco Schettino
  • Captain is accused of multiple manslaughter and abandoning ship
  • Italian disaster in January 2012 killed 32 people after the ship hit a reef
  • Schettino was dubbed ‘Captain Coward’ for refusing to get back on board

A Costa Concordia crew member has told a court how she was ordered to tell passengers ‘everything was under control’ after the packed luxury cruise ship struck rocks and was fatally holed. Jacqueline Abad Quine was a deputy cabin services director and was on duty the night the ship hit the reefs after its captain Francesco Schettino altered course to carry out a ‘sail-by salute’ of an island. She was later seen in video footage trying to reassure passengers who had gathered on decks close to lifeboat stations and described to the hearing the scene of panic and confusion in the minutes following the incident.

Mrs Quine said: ‘I was ordered to tell the passengers everything was under control. I was told to say that there was a blackout and everyone should return to their cabins and that things would be returning to normal as quickly as possible.

‘But people were agitated and worried – they wanted to get onto the lifeboats but the order didn’t come. When the passengers got to the muster stations I was told to try and calm them down, to reassure them.’

More than 4,000 passengers and crew were onboard the Costa Concordia when it struck an underwater reef off the coast of the Italian island of Giglio.
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Moldovan dancer says she fell for Costa Concordia captain

  • Domnica Cemortan told Italian TV Francesco Schettino ‘fascinated’ her
  • 32 people were killed when Costa Concordia hit rocks off Tuscany, Jan 2012
  • Captain Francesco Schettino is charged with dereliction of duty and multiple counts of manslaughter
  • Court heard Cemortan, dancer on the ship’s bridge, was his lover
  • If found guilty of the charges Francesco Schettino will face 20 years in jail

The Moldovan dancer who captivated the captain of the Costa Concordia has told how she fell for him because he was ‘a god on the ship’.

Domnica Cemortan, who was seen flirting with Francesco Schettino shortly before the cruise liner crashed into rocks and sank off the coast of Tuscany, has revealed that she was ‘fascinated’ by him, because he was the captain.

Thirty-two people died in the January 2012 tragedy off the island of Giglio.

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  • 32 people were killed when Costa Concordia hit rocks off Tuscany, Jan 2012
  • Captain Francesco Schettino is charged with dereliction of duty and multiple counts of manslaughter
  • Court heard Domnica Cemortan, dancer on the ship’s bridge, was his lover
  • She said she boarded the Costa Concordia as a non-paying passenger
  • If found guilty of the charges Francesco Schettino will face 20 years in jail

The dancer who was on the bridge when the Costa Concordia cruise ship hit a reef killing 32 people, has admitted at the captain’s manslaughter trial that they were lovers. Domnica Cemortan also told the Italian court that she boarded as a non-paying passenger hours before the crash near the island of Giglio, saying: ‘When you are someone’s lover no one asks you for a ticket.’ She dismissed the remark as a joke to her translator.

Moldovan Miss Cemortan said she had worked on the Concordia for three weeks in December 2011. The Moldovan dancer admitted she was Captain Francesco Schettino’s lover and boarded the Costa Concordia without a ticket The Moldovan dancer admitted she was Captain Francesco Schettino’s lover and boarded the Costa Concordia without a ticket She tried to dodge the question of whether she was romantically involved with captain Francesco Schettino, and only responded positively after being told she risked criminal charges for refusing to reply. Earlier the trial heard that the ship hit the reef after Schettino was disappointed at not getting close enough to it on an earlier attempt, his trial has been told.


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‘Madonna, what have I done?’

  • 32 people were killed when Costa Concordia hit rocks off coast of Tuscany in January 2012
  • Captain Francesco Schettino is charged with dereliction of duty and multiple counts of manslaughter
  • Court heard he ordered the ship to speed up in run-up to disaster
  • Said to react with disbelief, asking fellow officers, ‘Did we hit a reef?’
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The sinking of the Costa Concordia in January last year is one of the worst maritime disasters in living memory, with 32 passengers tragically losing their lives.

Now new insight into the frantic moments before the cruise liner hit rocks just off the island of Giglio in Italy have been revealed.

The captain of the Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, is said to have cried out ‘Madonna, what have I done?’, as the cruise liner hurtled into rocks off the coast of Tuscany, an Italian has court heard.

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DNA test confirms missing Sicily victim on wrecked Costa Concordia

The identity of one of the two missing victims on last year’s shipwrecked Costa Concordia has been confirmed by DNA tests.

Italian authorities said the remains of Maria Grazia Trecarichi of Sicily, which were found by scuba divers inside the cruise liner three weeks after the incident, were confirmed, News.com.au reports. Trecarichi had booked a holiday on the Costa Concordia to celebrate her 50th birthday.

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