Costa Concordia captain could not see radar ‘because he wasn’t wearing his glasses’

Newstrack India
London, Mar 5(ANI): Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino was not wearing his glasses when the cruise ship toppled off the Tuscan coast, leading to the death of over 30 people, it has been revealed. According to leaked prosecution evidence, the ship’s first officer, Ciro Ambrosio, described how Captain Francesco Schettino had dined with a Moldovan cruise representative and dancer Domnica Cemortan.

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‘Costa Concordia officers took drugs while on duty and molested women staff’

Daily Mail
By Nick Pisa Two former Costa Cruises employees have told prosecutors investigating the Concordia  disaster that officers ‘took drugs’ while on duty and molested female staff members, it was reported in Italy today. One woman, a nurse identified as Valentina B and who worked with under fire Concordia skipper Francesco Schettino, claimed he regularly ‘used women as goods to be bartered with.’

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Costa Allegra cruise ship towed to the Seychelles after fire causes power loss

Daily Mail
By Travelmail Reporter
The stricken Costa Allegra cruise ship, which has been left floating in the Indian Ocean without power since yesterday, is now being towed towards the Seychelles this morning under guard. The sister ship of the Costa Concordia lost all power yesterday after a fire in the generator room.
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Carnival Cruise Lines passengers robbed in Mexico on Puerto Vallarta shore …

Daily Mail
The party, which had been sailing on board the 113300-ton Carnival Splendor were forced to hand over their valuables and passports during the robbery, but none of them was injured. Carnival Cruise Lines confirmed the incident and said it had suspended the tour on all future sailings until further notice. It also raises questions about the safety of tourists in Mexico, where drug-related violence has gripped the country since 2006.
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Survivors of the Costa Concordia disaster call for Captain Coward to be drug tested

Daily Mail
By Leon Watson Survivors of the capsized Costa Concordia have called for new drug tests on the ship’s shamed captain after traces of cocaine were reportedly found on a hair sample. Tests revealed the drug was lying on the hair sample given by Captain Francesco Schettino, but the cocaine was not found within the actual fabric of Schettino’s hair or in his urine – the usual signs that someone ingested the drug.
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Costa Concordia couple’s family ‘We accept they’ve gone’

Daily Mail
By Graham Smith The family of a Minnesota couple missing in the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster have said they accept the decision to end the search. In a blog posting, the children of Jerry and Barbara Heil of White Bear Lake said they are ‘certainly disheartened to hear the news’ but understand. Jerry and Barbara Heil of Minnesota are the only Americans missing following the January 13 disaster.

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