Italian cruise ship captain ‘slipped and fell into lifeboat’

Did his dog also eat the charts that explained how dangerous the waters are, which is why they weren’t on the planned route?

The cruise-liner captain accused of abandoning ship after it struck rocks off the Tuscan coast last Friday has reportedly claimed he could not lead the evacuation because he slipped and fell into a lifeboat while helping passengers leave the stricken vessel. Captain Francesco Schettino said it was an accident that he left the Costa Concordia, according to Italian press reports. “The passengers were pouring on to the decks, taking the lifeboats by assault,” he was quoted as telling a judge during a hearing to determine whether he should be held in custody on charges of manslaughter and abandoning ship. “I was trying to get people to get into the boats in an orderly fashion. Suddenly, since the ship was at a 60-70 degree angle, I tripped and I ended up in one of the boats. That’s how I found myself in the lifeboat,” Schettino said.

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