Italy cruise ship captain blames company pressure

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 09:15

Rome: The captain of the stricken Costa
Concordia liner told a friend a day after the disaster that a manager from the cruise company pressured him to sail too close to shore, the Italian media has reported.

Francesco Schettino told a friend he was following the
advice of a manager about what route to take, saying "pass
through there, pass through there," media reported yesterday,
quoting a recording of the call police secretly made the day
after the January 13 shipwreck that killed at least 16 people.

"In my place, another would not have been so ready to pass there, but they got to me with their `Pass through there, pass through there`," Schettino said.

"The rocks were there, but the instruments I had weren`t
showing them, so I went through," he said.

Schettino then reportedly said he thought he was about 450
metres (0.28 nautical miles) away, but the ship hit a rock.

"So, here we are and it`s me who`s paying for everything,"
he said.

The luxury line capsized off the tiny Tuscan island of
Giglio with more than 4,000 people on board. Sixteen people
are still unaccounted for.

Schettino and first officer Ciro Ambrosio so far are the
only two from the ship to face charges, including negligent
homicide.

Schettino has been under house arrest since January 17.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 09:15

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