He blamed others on the bridge for failing to inform him of the situation in time, and then of botching his orders once he tried to steer clear of the reef.
Divers are searching for bodies or survivors, although it is unlikely any of the 21 missing in the accident could still be alive.
A ballet dancer has come forward to support the captain of the capsized luxury cruise ship, saying he saved at least 3000 lives.
Father Raffaele Malena said that Captain Franceso Schettino embraced him for about a quarter of an hour after the boat hit rocks.
The Costa Concordia was carrying more than 4,200 passengers and crew when it crashed and partially sank a week ago.
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