Costa Concordia captain “in fighting mood” in Italian court

GROSSETO, Italy (Reuters) – The Italian captain of the Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, took the witness stand in a pre-trial hearing on Thursday, refusing to accept sole blame for sinking the cruise liner with the loss of 32 lives. Schettino is accused of manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning ship before the evacuation of more than 4,000 passengers and crew was complete. He has admitted making mistakes but says he should not be the only person blamed.”We are trying to find out exactly what happened,” Schettino’s lawyer Francesco Pepe told journalists in a break during the closed-door hearing in Grosseto.

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Francesco Schettino, Costa Concordia Captain, Credits ‘Divine Hand’ In Accident

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Francesco Schettino, the captain of the doomed Costa Concordia, claims that “a divine hand surely touched my head,” sparing further catastrophe when his cruise ship crashed off the coast of Italy, a leaked letter to his attorney says. “If I had continued on that path the ship’s prow would have hit the rock. It would have been carnage
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Performers suing for $200M following Costa Concordia wreck

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Four performers who entertained passengers on the doomed Costa Concordia are suing the luxury liner’s owners and operators for $200 million. The musicians and dancers — all from Hungary — accuse Carnival Corp. and the Italian Costa Crociere SpA cruise line of “gross negligence” in the deadly Jan. 13 crash off the coast of Italy.

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